Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Australian dentists and orthodontists: Risk assessment and prevention

Sakzewski, Lisa and Naser-Ud-Din, Shazia (2015) Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Australian dentists and orthodontists: Risk assessment and prevention. Work, 52 3: 559-579. doi:10.3233/WOR-152122


Author Sakzewski, Lisa
Naser-Ud-Din, Shazia
Title Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Australian dentists and orthodontists: Risk assessment and prevention
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2015-08-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-152122
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 52
Issue 3
Start page 559
End page 579
Total pages 21
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND:

As professionals work longer hours and live longer there have been concerns regarding the Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD) affecting both professional and personal lives. Moreover, past decade has seen a surge in interest in all allied health sciences personnel with self reporting cross sectional studies.

OBJECTIVE:
Health professionals often suffer WMSD due to occupational stress. It is important to assess the problem in order to find ways to prevent it. Hence, the focus of this cross-sectional survey. The aim was to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of WMSD between Australian dentists and orthodontists.

MATERIALS AND METHOD:
A postal survey was sent to 447 Australian orthodontists and 450 Queensland dentists using the universal Nordic scale previously piloted at UQ and refined for this cross-sectional study. Questions were directed towards individuals, workplace and psychosocial variables and were designed to gather information regarding health, lifestyle, education, awareness of musculoskeletal problems and current preventative strategies.

RESULTS:
A high prevalence of musculoskeletal problems was found for both dentists (88.9%) and orthodontists (83.6%) reported in the last 12 months. The main predictor in both groups was increased work stress. Less than a third of those professionals surveyed had received education regarding dental practice ergonomics during their tertiary education.

CONCLUSION:

Dentists and orthodontists experienced a high rate of musculoskeletal problems which were associated with increased levels of stress at work. Further research should be directed toward interventions aimed at reducing stress in the work environment as well as improving work posture.
Keyword Occupation
Pain
Ergonomics
Dentistry
Orthodontics
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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