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Musculoskeletal Complaints in Occupational Therapists Compared to the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Germany

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Institute and Policlinic of Occupational and Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus, TU Dresden, Fetscherstr 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany
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Competence Center for Epidemiology and Health Services Research for Healthcare Professionals (CVcare), Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP), University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Occupational Medicine, Hazardous Substances and Public Health, Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services (BGW), 22089 Hamburg, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 4916; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17144916
Received: 12 May 2020 / Revised: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 8 July 2020
Occupational therapists (OTs) are exposed to physical factors at work, which can lead to an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Most studies examining musculoskeletal complaints in OT report that the neck, shoulders, and lower back are most often afflicted. The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of work as an OT (focusing on specific work tasks) on specific musculoskeletal complaints compared to the general working population. A cross-sectional study involving a self-administered standardized questionnaire was conducted from January until October 2015 in Germany. In OT and the comparison group, the highest 12-month prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders were observed for the lower back, the neck, and the shoulders. In contrast, elevated prevalence ratios (PR) were found for OT in the thumbs (PR = 2.7; 95% CI = 1.9–3.8), the wrists (PR = 1.4; 95% CI = 1.1–1.8), and the elbows (PR = 1.5; 95% CI = 1.0–2.2). OTs were particularly exposed to high exertion hand activity and several stressful postures at work. In conclusion, OTs seem to be at risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal complaints in the thumbs, wrists, and elbows. Preventive measures should help to reduce the exposures caused by highly repetitive and forceful hand activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: work-related complaints; work-related diseases; occupational health; musculoskeletal complaints; musculoskeletal diseases; occupational therapists; general population work-related complaints; work-related diseases; occupational health; musculoskeletal complaints; musculoskeletal diseases; occupational therapists; general population
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Zenker, R.; Girbig, M.; Hegewald, J.; Gilewitsch, I.; Wagner, M.; Nienhaus, A.; Seidler, A. Musculoskeletal Complaints in Occupational Therapists Compared to the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4916. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17144916

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Zenker R, Girbig M, Hegewald J, Gilewitsch I, Wagner M, Nienhaus A, Seidler A. Musculoskeletal Complaints in Occupational Therapists Compared to the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(14):4916. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17144916

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Zenker, Ronny, Maria Girbig, Janice Hegewald, Irina Gilewitsch, Mandy Wagner, Albert Nienhaus, and Andreas Seidler. 2020. "Musculoskeletal Complaints in Occupational Therapists Compared to the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Germany" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 14: 4916. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17144916

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