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Title: Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession in Brunei Darussalam
Authors: Lai, A.
Yin, K.O.
Balalla, S.
Khin, L.W. 
Balalla, N.B.
Naing, L.
Keywords: Brunei
Dental profession
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Abstract: Introduction: Many health professionals, including those in the dental profession, suffer from workrelated musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). Literature reviews have reported on the high prevalence as well as the significant burden in this specific profession. However, we could not find data on the prevalence of the problem and its work-related health risk profiles in Brunei Darussalam. This cross-sectional study aims to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the dental profession of the public sector, and identify their associated MSD risk profiles. Materials and Methods: A survey was carried out using a validated structured self-administered questionnaire among 155 dental personnel (57% response rate) employed by the Ministry of Health in Brunei Darussalam. Questions included data on demographics, general ergonomic risk, and self-reported musculoskeletal complaints. Results: The dental workforce was predominantly female (69.7%), with mean age of 39 (SD 9.87) years and mean employment duration of 13.9 (SD 8.71) years. The most commonly reported body regions for musculoskeletal problems experienced in the past year were shoulders (61.7%), lower back (59.3%), upper back (55.7%), wrists/hands (53.4%), and neck (53.3%). Significant work-related associated factors for MSD were glare for neck (p
Source Title: Brunei International Medical Journal
ISSN: 15605876
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