Work related musculoskeletal disorders among dentists

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Work related musculoskeletal disorders among dentists
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Author:Deepak SHARAN (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Mathankumar MOHANDOSS (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Rameshkumar RANGANATHAN (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Jerrish JOSE (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Joshua Samuel RAJKUMAR (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: C - Special sessions & technical sessions     Session: C4 - Work related musculoskeletal disorders in health care professionals – risk factors and preventive strategies
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2372

This study was conducted to review the published literature on work related musculoskeletal disorders in dentists in order to know various measurement tools used, ergonomic risk factors and other findings. Methodology: A systematic review was done using MEDLINE by the keywords “dentists”, “ergonomics” and “musculoskeletal disorders”. Study design, type of data collection, assessment tools and outcomes obtained in the respective study were noted. Results: Among various specialities, dentists specialised in Prosthodontics were found to have a higher prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders. The design of the dentist chair was found to be the major risk factor and studies focusing on designing an appropriately designed ergonomic dentist chair provided positive results. Percentage of pain among dentists increases with increase in their working duration.