Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevalence and Body Discomfort among Dentists by Visual Analog Discomfort Scale

Nadri, Hamed and Nadri, Amir and Rohani, Bita and Fasih Ramandi, Fatemeh and Amin Sobhani, Mohsen and Naseh, Iman (2015) Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevalence and Body Discomfort among Dentists by Visual Analog Discomfort Scale. Journal of Mashhad Dental School, 39 (4). pp. 363-372.

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Abstract

Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) have been reported as the most importantreason for early retirement among dentists. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and body discomfort among dentists. Materials & Methods: This cross sectional and descriptive-analytical study carried out on all dentists(150 subjects) of one of universities in Tehran province. We useda visual analog scale (in order to determine the severity of body discomfort) and also a body mapquestionnaire (in order to assess musculoskeletal disorders prevalence). Data analysis was performed using the Mann-Whitney test, t-test and Kruskal-Wallis.Statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS version 22 software. Results: According to the results of the body map questionnaire, the highest prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders was allocated to the neck (50), shoulder/arm (45.3) and low back (34.5), respectively. Also results of the visual analog scaleindicated that the highest amount of discomfortwas related to low back (70.2), neck (55.4) and shoulder/arm (54.4), respectively. Conclusion: According to high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and also, high levels of body discomfort, dentists need to take corrective actions with the priorities of educational programs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Mashhad Dental School
Depositing User: jmds jmds
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 14:35
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1779

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