Cumulative trauma disorders, overweight and obesity among Brazilian dentists

Authors

  • Evelyne Pessoa Soriano University of Pernambuco
  • Marcus Vitor Diniz de Carvalho University of Pernambuco
  • Ana Beatriz Vasconcelos Lima Araújo University of Pernambuco
  • Humberto Gomes Vidal University of Pernambuco
  • Kátia Maria Diniz de Carvalho University of Pernambuco
  • Clóvis César de Mendoza University of Pernambuco

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v10i2.8641657

Keywords:

Occupational health, Cumulative trauma disorders, Overweight, Obesity

Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), overweight and obesity and the association between them, among public health dentists. Methods: The study included 150 dentists working at various public health system units in Recife, PE, Brazil. A Brazilian version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Symptoms Questionnaire was used. Obesity and overweight were observed across the BMI (body mass index) recommended by the World Health Organization. A descriptive analysis was carried out using SPSS 13.0 software. Results: Among respondents, 79.3% were female with a mean age of 44.42 years. The presence of musculoskeletal symptoms was reported by 138 (92%) of participants, 129 of whom linked the symptoms to their work activity. The cervical region was the most involved, accounting for 104 (14.3%) of the total 723 affected areas. Overweight was observed in 32% of the professionals and obesity in 13%. Of the 150 participants, 30 (20%) received a medical diagnosis of CTD and of these, 13 (43.3%) had a high BMI. The 40-49-year-old age group was most affected by CTD and females were more affected than males, accounting for 22.7% of professionals interviewed. There was no significant association between the presence of CTD and overweight/obesity (p >0.05). Conclusions: However, given the multifactorial nature of occupational diseases, it is likely that overweight and obesity may act as a predisposing factor in these diseases, interacting and enhancing the effects of other important risk factors for the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

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Author Biographies

Evelyne Pessoa Soriano, University of Pernambuco

Adjunct Professor, MSc in Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Marcus Vitor Diniz de Carvalho, University of Pernambuco

Adjunct Professor, MSc in Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Ana Beatriz Vasconcelos Lima Araújo, University of Pernambuco

MSc student in Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Humberto Gomes Vidal, University of Pernambuco

MSc student in Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Kátia Maria Diniz de Carvalho, University of Pernambuco

MSc student in Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Clóvis César de Mendoza, University of Pernambuco

MSc student in Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco

Published

2015-11-10

How to Cite

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Soriano EP, Carvalho MVD de, Araújo ABVL, Vidal HG, Carvalho KMD de, Mendoza CC de. Cumulative trauma disorders, overweight and obesity among Brazilian dentists. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Nov. 10 [cited 2022 Dec. 4];10(2):130-5. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8641657

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