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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 248

Work-related musculoskeletal disorder among surgeons in Gujarat

Department of Physiotherapy, K M Patel Institute of Physiotherapy, Karamsad, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Jigar N Mehta
M Patel Institute of Physiotherapy, Karamsad, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_89_19

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INTRODUCTION: Work-related musculoskeletal symptoms are a major health issue in many occupations all over the world. Past researches on hospital workers have mainly been focused on nurses, and not many studies have examined musculoskeletal symptoms among doctors in various specialties. The work of surgeons can involve high levels of mental concentration and very precise movements that can be categorized as mild-to-moderate physical demands. OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence of musculoskeletal problems and their related physical and psychosocial factors of surgeons who are involved in such work. METHODOLOGY: Forty-three surgeons were enrolled in this study. To evaluate the musculoskeletal disorders, the participants were assessed through Standardized Nordic Questionnaire, Quick Exposure Check for the work pattern, and Work style Short Form for screening purpose. RESULTS: Out of 43 participants, 30 were male and 13 were female. Their mean age was 42.07 ± 12.35 years, and the mean working years ± standard deviation of the group was 15.14 years ± 9.017. On an average, they worked a total of about 8.58 h ± 1.96 per day. The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms was found in 36 participants (83.70%), while only seven surgeons (16.30%) were symptom free. CONCLUSION: The present study indicates a high prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in surgeons. The results also indicated that surgeons had a high sense of commitment and self-imposed pressure.

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