The intake of pain medication among dentists and dental assistants with musculoskeletal disorders in Germany

  • Background: Dentists (Ds) and dental assistants (DAs) have a high lifetime prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In this context, it is assumed that they have an increased intake of substances such as pain medication. Currently, there exist no data on the use of medication among Ds and DAs with MSDs in Germany. Methods: The online questionnaire (i.e., the Nordic Questionnaire) analysed the medical therapies used by 389 Ds (240 f/149 m) and 406 DAs (401 f/5 m) to treat their MSDs. Results: Ds (28.3–11.5%) and DAs (29.4–10.3%) with MSDs took medication depending on the affected body region. A trend between the Ds and DAs in the intake of drug therapy and the frequency was found for the neck region (Ds: 21.1%, DAs: 28.7%). A single medication was taken most frequently (Ds: 60.0–33.3%, DAs: 71.4–27.3%). The frequency of use varied greatly for both occupational groups depending on the region affected. Conclusion: Ds and DAs perceived the need for medical therapies because of their MSDs. Painkillers such as ibuprofen and systemic diclofenac were the medications most frequently taken by both occupational groups. The intake of pain killers, most notably for the neck, should prevent sick leave.

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Author:Yvonne Haas, Antonia Naser, Eileen M. WankeORCiDGND, Jasmin HänelORCiD, Laura FräulinORCiDGND, Fabian Christian HolzgreveORCiDGND, Christina ErbeORCiDGND, Werner BetzORCiDGND, Dörthe BrüggmannORCiDGND, Albert NienhausORCiDGND, Jan David Alexander GronebergORCiDGND, Daniela Maren OhlendorfORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Applied Sciences
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/09/21
Date of first Publication:2021/09/21
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/12/21
Tag:MSD; analgesics; dental assistant; dental health professional; dental profession; dentist; medication; musculoskeletal; pain; pain medication; prevalence; questionnaire; therapy
Issue:18, art.8771
Page Number:12
First Page:1
Last Page:12
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