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Article: Work-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Surgeons

TitleWork-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Surgeons
Authors
KeywordsErgonomics
Laparoscopic and endovascular surgery
Psychosocial
Surgeons
Work-related musculoskeletal symptoms
Issue Date2009
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1053-0487
Citation
Journal Of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2009, v. 19 n. 2, p. 175-184 How to Cite?
Abstract
Introduction Surgeons are a unique group of healthcare professionals who are at risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal symptoms (WMS). The diversity of operating skills for laparoscopic and endovascular procedures impose different physical demands on surgeons, who also work under time pressure. The present study aims to examine the physical and psychosocial factors and their association with WMS among general surgeons in Hong Kong. Method A survey was conducted among surgeons working in the General Surgery departments in public hospitals of Hong Kong. Over 500 questionnaires were mailed and 135 surgeons completed the survey successfully (response rate 27%). Questions included demographics, workload, ergonomic and psychosocial factors. The relationship of these factors with WMS symptoms in the past 12 months was examined. Results Results indicated a high prevalence rate of WMS symptoms in surgeons, mainly in the neck (82.9%), low back (68.1%), shoulder (57.8%) and upper back (52.6%) regions. Sustained static and/or awkward posture was perceived as the factor most commonly associated with neck symptoms by 88.9% of respondents. Logistic regression showed the total score for physical ergonomic factors was the most significant predictor for all 4 body regions of musculoskeletal symptoms, with OR of 2.028 (95%CI 1.29-3.19) for the neck, 1.809 (1.34-2.43) for shoulder and 1.716 (1.24-2.37) for the lower back. Workstyle score was significantly associated with the symptom severity in the low back region (P = .003) but not with the other regions. Conclusion These results confirmed a strong association of physical and psychosocial factors with the musculoskeletal symptoms in surgeons. There is a potential for such musculoskeletal symptoms to escalate in the future, with rapid advances and increasing application of minimally invasive surgery. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59920
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dc.contributor.authorSzeto, GPYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTing, ACWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPoon, JTCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, SWKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsang, RCCen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:00:10Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:00:10Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2009, v. 19 n. 2, p. 175-184en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1053-0487en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIntroduction Surgeons are a unique group of healthcare professionals who are at risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal symptoms (WMS). The diversity of operating skills for laparoscopic and endovascular procedures impose different physical demands on surgeons, who also work under time pressure. The present study aims to examine the physical and psychosocial factors and their association with WMS among general surgeons in Hong Kong. Method A survey was conducted among surgeons working in the General Surgery departments in public hospitals of Hong Kong. Over 500 questionnaires were mailed and 135 surgeons completed the survey successfully (response rate 27%). Questions included demographics, workload, ergonomic and psychosocial factors. The relationship of these factors with WMS symptoms in the past 12 months was examined. Results Results indicated a high prevalence rate of WMS symptoms in surgeons, mainly in the neck (82.9%), low back (68.1%), shoulder (57.8%) and upper back (52.6%) regions. Sustained static and/or awkward posture was perceived as the factor most commonly associated with neck symptoms by 88.9% of respondents. Logistic regression showed the total score for physical ergonomic factors was the most significant predictor for all 4 body regions of musculoskeletal symptoms, with OR of 2.028 (95%CI 1.29-3.19) for the neck, 1.809 (1.34-2.43) for shoulder and 1.716 (1.24-2.37) for the lower back. Workstyle score was significantly associated with the symptom severity in the low back region (P = .003) but not with the other regions. Conclusion These results confirmed a strong association of physical and psychosocial factors with the musculoskeletal symptoms in surgeons. There is a potential for such musculoskeletal symptoms to escalate in the future, with rapid advances and increasing application of minimally invasive surgery. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1053-0487en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Occupational Rehabilitationen_HK
dc.subjectErgonomicsen_HK
dc.subjectLaparoscopic and endovascular surgeryen_HK
dc.subjectPsychosocialen_HK
dc.subjectSurgeonsen_HK
dc.subjectWork-related musculoskeletal symptomsen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshEndoscopyen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshGeneral Surgeryen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveysen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshLaparoscopyen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMusculoskeletal Diseases - etiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseasesen_HK
dc.subject.meshPhysiciansen_HK
dc.subject.meshPostureen_HK
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dc.subject.meshWorkloaden_HK
dc.subject.meshYoung Adulten_HK
dc.titleWork-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Surgeonsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailPoon, JTC: tcjensen@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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