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Research Article

A Novel Method for the Risk Assessment of Dental Practitioners in Chennai City for Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders

Arthisri AS 1, Ashish R Jain2*, Jacob Mathew Philip3, Venkata Krishnan CJ3 and Chitraa R Chandran4

1Tagore Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, India

2Assistant Professor, Research Scholar Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

3Department of Prosthodontics, Tagore Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, India

4Department of Periodontics, Tagore Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Ashish R. Jain
MDS, MD.ACU.VARMA Assistant Professor, Research Scholar
Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals
Saveetha University, Chennai, India
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: Apr 22, 2016; Accepted date: June 14, 2016; Published date: Jun 21, 2016

Citation: Arthisri AS, Jain AR, Philip JM, Venkata Krishnan CJ, Chandran CR (2016) A Novel Method for the Risk Assessment of Dental Practitioners in Chennai City for Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders. Biol Med (Aligarh) 8:308. doi:10.4172/0974-8369.1000308

Copyright: © 2016 Arthisri et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of work-related disability among dental professionals. Many dentists are unaware of this risk. There is no method to assess the risk status of dentists to occupation-related musculoskeletal disorders. In this study the authors introduce a novel method to assess the risk levels of musculoskeletal disorders among the dentists in Chennai city. A novel, five-point rating scale was used to assess the risk levels of musculoskeletal disorders among the 297 dentists in Chennai city. On grading the dentists in various zones of Chennai city included in the study using a five-point scale, 57.91% of dentists were under moderate risk, 34.68% of dentists were under very minimal risk, 3.70% of dentists had no risk factor, 3.37% were under high risk, and only 0.34% of dentists were under very high risk. A novel, five-point rating scale has been introduced in this study to assess the risk levels of musculoskeletal disorders among the dentists in Chennai city.

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