Musculoskeletal Disorders among Brazilian Dentists in São Paulo

  • Gabriella Barreto Soares Araçatuba School of Dentistry- Paulista State University / Unesp
  • Carlos Eduardo Gomes Siqueira School of Public and Community Services (College of Public and Community Service), University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Lorena Estrada-Martinez School of Public and Community Services (College of Public and Community Service), University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Cléa Adas Saliba Garbin Araçatuba School of Dentistry- Paulista State University / Unesp
  • Artênio José Ísper Garbin Araçatuba School of Dentistry- Paulista State University / Unesp
Keywords: ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, occupational health, dentistry.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at investigating the relationships between health and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in dentists, and the relationship with socio-demographic, work and health variables.
METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 204 dentists who work in public clinics in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. We used a self-administered survey that included questions on sociodemographic and health aspects, work-related factors, and the Nordic questionnaire.
RESULTS: WMSDs were often reported in the neck, shoulder, lower back, and hand/wrists. Logistic regression analysis revealed that there was a correlation between reports of WMSD in the neck and age (OR = 9.48) and health problems (OR = 6.71). Moreover, strong associations were found between MSDs in the shoulders, gender (OR = 5.88) and breaks between appointments (OR = 4.17).
CONCLUSION: We concluded that the health problems diagnosed, work-related activities and gender contributed to musculoskeletal disorders in dentists in this clinic.

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Published
2018-12-30
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Original Article