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dc.contributor.authorSchechet, Sidney A
dc.contributor.authorDeVience, Eva
dc.contributor.authorDeVience, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorShukla, Shweta
dc.contributor.authorKaleem, Mona
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-28T15:09:39Z
dc.date.available2021-05-28T15:09:39Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-31
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/15839
dc.description.abstractPurpose—To characterize the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), symptoms, and risk factors among ophthalmologists. Methods—An online survey was distributed to ophthalmologist members of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. The survey consisted of 34 questions on respondent demographics, practice char‐ acteristics, pain, and effects of MSD on their practice patterns. Participants were excluded if they were not ophthalmologists or if they had MSD symptoms prior to the start of their ophthalmology career. Demographics and practice patterns were compared for those with or without MSD symptoms using the Welch t test and the Fisher exact test. Results—The survey was completed by 127 of 250 active members (response rate, 51%). Of the 127, 85 (66%) reported experiencing work-related pain, with an average pain level of 4/10. With regard to mean age, height, weight, years in practice, number of patients seen weekly, and hours worked weekly, there was no difference between respondents reporting pain and those without. Those reporting MSD symptoms spent significantly more time in surgery than those who did not (mean of 7.9 vs 5.3 hours/week [P < 0.01]). Fourteen percent of respondents reported plans to retire early due to their symptoms. Conclusions—A majority of respondents experienced work-related MSD symptoms, which was associated with time spent in surgery. Modifications to the workplace environment focusing on ergonomics, particularly in the operating room, may benefit ophthalmologists.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.5693/djo.01.2020.02.001en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmaryen_US
dc.relation.ispartofDigital Journal of Ophthalmology : DJOen_US
dc.rightsCopyright ©2020. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without expressed written permission of the Digital Journal of Ophthalmology is prohibited.en_US
dc.subject.meshMusculoskeletal Diseasesen_US
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseasesen_US
dc.subject.meshOphthalmologistsen_US
dc.titleSurvey of musculoskeletal disorders among US ophthalmologistsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.5693/djo.01.2020.02.001
dc.identifier.pmid33867881
dc.source.volume26
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage36
dc.source.endpage45
dc.source.countryUnited States


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