Occupational health problems of dentists in southern Thailand

Chowanadisai, Suthipong, Kukiattrakoon, Boonlert, Yapong, Bunjerd, Kedjarune, Ureporn, and Leggat, Peter A. (2000) Occupational health problems of dentists in southern Thailand. International Dental Journal, 50 (1). pp. 36-40.

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Aims: To investigate the prevalence and nature of some occupationally related health problems in dentists in southern Thailand.

Design: A cross-sectional study using a self-report questionnaire distributed to all 220 dentists working in 14 provinces in southern Thailand in 1997.

Participants: One hundred and seventy-eight dentists aged between 22 to 54 years responded.

Results: The most common occupational health problems were musculoskeletal pain (78 per cent) and percutaneous injury (50 per cent). Associated factors were analysed using multivariate analysis. About 22 per cent of these dentists had a history of contact dermatitis mostly caused by allergy to latex gloves, 15 per cent had eye problems, and 3 per cent had hearing problems.

Conclusions: Continuing education in the avoidance of percutaneous injuries would be beneficial, as exposure to potential infectious agents is of concern. Further studies are needed to identify causes of musculoskeletal pain and to identify appropriate interventions to reduce its prevalence, as would similar measures to reduce exposure to agents which may be producing contact dermatitis.

Item ID: 12882
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1875-595X
Keywords: dentists; occupational health and safety; Thailand
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 01:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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