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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Self-reported Occupational Health Problems among Libyan Dentists

Arheiam Arheiam, Mohamed Ingafou

Citation Information : Arheiam A, Ingafou M. Self-reported Occupational Health Problems among Libyan Dentists. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015; 16 (1):31-35.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1631

Published Online: 00-01-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the prevalence of the most common occupation-related health problems as well as factors associated with their incidence among dental practitioners.

Materials and methods

A cross-sectional, questionnairebased survey of Libyan dental practitioners. Participants provided information regarding their experience of occupationally related problems they encountered over the past 12 months which included inquiries about musculoskeletal pain, percutaneous injuries, allergy, eye and sight problems, and hearing problems.

Results

Musculoskeletal problems were the most frequently reported (48.2%), followed by percutaneous injuries (35%), eye problems (22%), allergy (11%) and hearing problems (7.6%). Musculoskeletal problems were significantly higher among dentists who work in private sector, full timer as well as those who prefer to work in a sitting position (p = 0.021, 0.027 and 0.008, respectively). Practitioners with less than 5 years in service reported significantly higher percentage of percutaneous injuries (p = 0.027) than their senior counterparts, whereas practitioners who spent more than 10 years in service were more likely to suffer from visual disturbances (p = 0.033).

Conclusion

The findings of this study indicate that musculoskeletal problems and percutaneous injuries are the most commonly reported occupational health problems among dentists, whereas allergic reactions and hearing problems are the least reported ones.

Clinical significance

Dentists should use alternate working positions to minimise musculoskeletal problems and adopt more effective strategies to prevent percutaneous injuries particularly among novices.

How to cite this article

Arheiam A, Ingafou M. Self-reported Occupational Health Problems among Libyan Dentists. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015;16(1):31-35.


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