Evaluating Knowledge, Awareness and Behaviour Among Dental Interns Regarding Ergonomics in Dentistry: A Cross-Sectional Survey

  • Rebecca Andrew
  • Sonia Narang
  • Srishti Aggarwal
  • Thongam S.
Keywords: Ergonomics, Posture, Pain, Dentists

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the main reasons that force dentists to retire early from their practice.
AIM: To assess the knowledge, awareness and behaviour among dental Interns in central and southern India regarding Ergonomics in Dentistry
MATERIALS AND METHOD: This cross-sectional study collected data using a questionnaire (pre-tested and pre-validated) amongst dental interns studying in various dental colleges in and around Central India. Participation in the study was voluntary and the questionnaire was divided into 4 sections with a total of 22 close ended questions. Data was anlayzed using SPSS version 21.0; descriptive statistics were applied followed by the unpaired samples t-test, Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariate logistic regression.
RESULTS: The study consisted of 800 dentists, with most having fair knowledge (50.1%) and awareness (49.7%) regarding proper ergonomic posture (knowledge scores showed a significant statistical association). Most interns reported that they sometimes (41.5%) practiced dentistry ergonomically, while only 5.5% reported doing it always (significant difference, p=0.01*). A positive, linear, great strength of association (r: +0.7) and a significant relationship (p = 0.04) was found between knowledge and awareness scores using Pearson’s correlation coefficient.
CONCLUSION: Dental awareness programmes are advised to educate dentists about the impending threat of MSDs if dentistry is not practiced ergonomically.

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Author Biographies

Rebecca Andrew

MDS (Prosthodontics), Consultant Dental Surgeon, Nasik, Maharashtra, India

Sonia Narang

BDS, Consultant Dental Surgeon, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Srishti Aggarwal

BDS, Consultant Dental Surgeon, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Thongam S.

MDS (Oral Pathology) and Private Practitioner, Manipur, Imphal, India

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CITATION
DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0407.10278
Published: 2020-10-22
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Rebecca Andrew, Sonia Narang, Srishti Aggarwal, Thongam S. Evaluating Knowledge, Awareness and Behaviour Among Dental Interns Regarding Ergonomics in Dentistry: A Cross-Sectional Survey. IHRJ [Internet]. 2020Oct.22 [cited 2020Dec.2];4(7):OR1-OR4. Available from: https://ihrjournal.com/index.php/ihrj/article/view/278