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Occupational musculoskeletal pain amongst ENT surgeons – are we looking at the tip of an iceberg?

  • A Vijendren (a1), M Yung (a1), J Sanchez (a2) and K Duffield (a3)

Abstract

Objective:

Surgeons are exposed to a variety of occupational risks, including work-related musculoskeletal disorders. This study investigated the prevalence of these latter disorders amongst UK ENT surgeons and compared this with the existing literature.

Methods:

A survey containing questions on work-related musculoskeletal disorders was distributed to the entire membership of ENT-UK electronically, with the assistance of its Survey Guardian. A literature review on the subject was then performed.

Results:

A total of 323 completed questionnaires were received (a 24 per cent response rate). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders had been experienced by 47.4 per cent of respondents. There were no statistical differences between the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and: grade, length of time spent in the specialty or the subspecialty of respondents. Eighty-five per cent of affected surgeons sought treatment, with 22.9 per cent taking time off work and six surgeons retiring early. The literature review only identified five related studies.

Conclusion:

Despite the scarcity of studies, work-related musculoskeletal disorders are common amongst ENT surgeons in the UK. Such disparity highlights the need for more research and appropriate ergonomic intervention within the specialty.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr Ananth Vijendren, 143 Stephendale Road, Fulham, London SW6 2PR, UK E-mail: Shivan5@yahoo.com

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Occupational musculoskeletal pain amongst ENT surgeons – are we looking at the tip of an iceberg?

  • A Vijendren (a1), M Yung (a1), J Sanchez (a2) and K Duffield (a3)

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