Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among dentists and dental students in Germany

  • Background: Dentists are at a higher risk of suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) than the general population. However, the latest study investigating MSD in the dental profession in Germany was published about 20 years ago. Therefore, the aim of this study was to reveal the current prevalence of MSD in dentists and dental students in Germany. Methods: The final study size contained 450 (287 f/163 m) subjects of different areas of specialization. The age of the participants ranged from 23 to 75 years. The questionnaire consisted of a modified version of the Nordic Questionnaire, work-related questions from the latest questionnaire of German dentists, typical medical conditions and self-developed questions. Results: The overall prevalence showed that dentists suffered frequently from MSD (seven days: 65.6%, twelve months: 92%, lifetime: 95.8%). The most affected body regions included the neck (42.7%–70.9%–78.4%), shoulders (29.8%–55.6%–66.2%) and lower back (22.9%–45.8%–58.7%). Overall, female participants stated that they suffered from pain significantly more frequently, especially in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Conclusion: The prevalence of MSD among dentists, especially in the neck, shoulder and back area, was significantly higher than in the general population. In addition, women suffered more frequently from MSD than men in almost all body regions.

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Author:Daniela Maren OhlendorfORCiDGND, Antonia Naser, Yvonne Haas, Jasmin HänelORCiD, Laura FräulinORCiDGND, Fabian Christian HolzgreveORCiDGND, Christina ErbeORCiDGND, Werner BetzORCiDGND, Eileen M. WankeORCiDGND, Dörthe BrüggmannORCiDGND, Albert NienhausORCiDGND, Jan David Alexander GronebergORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):International journal of environmental research and public health
Publisher:MDPI AG
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/11/24
Date of first Publication:2020/11/24
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/08/03
Tag:MSD; Nordic questionnaire; dental education; dental profession; dentists; musculoskeletal pain; prevalence
Issue:23, art. 8740
Page Number:19
First Page:1
Last Page:19
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0