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Conference Paper: Hong Kong Dentists’ Knowledge on Dental Ergonomics and Occupational Safety

TitleHong Kong Dentists’ Knowledge on Dental Ergonomics and Occupational Safety
Authors
KeywordsHealth services research
Knowledge and Providers
Issue Date2012
PublisherSage Publications, Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201925
Citation
The Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division, Hong Kong, China, 3-4 November 2012. In Journal of Dental Research, 2012, v. 91 n. Special Issue C: abstract no. 169682 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: 1) To assess Hong Kong dentists’ knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety and 2) to relate the knowledge to the experience of selected occupational-related health problems. Methods: A random sample of 374 dentists who had practiced for at least 10 years was selected through systematic sampling from the list of registered dentists. Questionnaires were mailed to these selected dentists to collect the demographic information, the experience of selected occupational-related health problems, personal protective or preventive measures taken, the receipt and sources of information about occupational safety and health. It also included 20 questions for assessing the dentist’s knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety. Results: Altogether 148 completed questionnaires returned and 16 undelivered (response rate: 41.3%). Musculoskeletal pain was found to be the most common occupational-related health problem experienced by the dentists in the previous 3 months (74.3%). However, only 46.6% of the respondents performed simple office exercise and 14.9% avoided bending head and neck during patient treatment. About half (55.2%) had received information about occupational safety and health previously. For the dental ergonomics knowledge assessment, the mean numbers of correct answers were 12.3 (out of 20) and 11.0 (out of 17 questions related to musculoskeletal pain). Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that dentists who were females (OR=2.973, p=0.030), did not perform simple office exercise (OR=2.306, p=0.049), regular bent their head or neck during working (OR=3.926, p=0.011) and had more knowledge on dental ergonomics (OR=1.331, p=0.002) had significantly higher chance to experience musculoskeletal pain. Conclusions: The experience of musculoskeletal pain was high among dentists. Occupational safety precautions were not commonly taken and the knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety has much room for improvement.
DescriptionSession: Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182086
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dc.contributor.authorWong, MCMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-17T07:20:50Z-
dc.date.available2013-04-17T07:20:50Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division, Hong Kong, China, 3-4 November 2012. In Journal of Dental Research, 2012, v. 91 n. Special Issue C: abstract no. 169682en_US
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dc.descriptionSession: Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: 1) To assess Hong Kong dentists’ knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety and 2) to relate the knowledge to the experience of selected occupational-related health problems. Methods: A random sample of 374 dentists who had practiced for at least 10 years was selected through systematic sampling from the list of registered dentists. Questionnaires were mailed to these selected dentists to collect the demographic information, the experience of selected occupational-related health problems, personal protective or preventive measures taken, the receipt and sources of information about occupational safety and health. It also included 20 questions for assessing the dentist’s knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety. Results: Altogether 148 completed questionnaires returned and 16 undelivered (response rate: 41.3%). Musculoskeletal pain was found to be the most common occupational-related health problem experienced by the dentists in the previous 3 months (74.3%). However, only 46.6% of the respondents performed simple office exercise and 14.9% avoided bending head and neck during patient treatment. About half (55.2%) had received information about occupational safety and health previously. For the dental ergonomics knowledge assessment, the mean numbers of correct answers were 12.3 (out of 20) and 11.0 (out of 17 questions related to musculoskeletal pain). Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that dentists who were females (OR=2.973, p=0.030), did not perform simple office exercise (OR=2.306, p=0.049), regular bent their head or neck during working (OR=3.926, p=0.011) and had more knowledge on dental ergonomics (OR=1.331, p=0.002) had significantly higher chance to experience musculoskeletal pain. Conclusions: The experience of musculoskeletal pain was high among dentists. Occupational safety precautions were not commonly taken and the knowledge on dental ergonomics and occupational safety has much room for improvement.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201925-
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dc.rightsJournal of Dental Research. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc..-
dc.subjectHealth services research-
dc.subjectKnowledge and Providers-
dc.titleHong Kong Dentists’ Knowledge on Dental Ergonomics and Occupational Safetyen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, MCM: mcmwong@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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