Work related musculoskeletal disorders among surgeons working in a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Anira Vaidya Department of Surgery Bir Hospital National Academy of Medical Science
  • Nayan Kamal Sainju Kathmandu Medical College (affiliated to Kath Univ) Sinamangal. Kathmandu
  • Sunil Kumar Joshi Department of Community Medicine Kathmandu Medical College (affiliated to Kath Univ) Sinamangal. Kathmandu, Nepal http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2704-5060
Keywords: Work related musculoskeletal disorder, surgeons, Nepal

Abstract

Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are common work-related health problems affecting professionals in many sectors. Surgeons are among the most vulnerable as they have to work for long hours in unfavorable posture.

Objective: Aim of this study was to determine both prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders and types of ailments among surgeons of different sub-specialties in a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu.

Methods: In This cross sectional study was conducted in Bir Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu. A total of 50 surgeons of different sub-specialties were surveyed. Self-reported questionnaires included i) socio-demographic information, ii) Dutch Musculoskeletal Questionnaire on ergonomic hazards and iii) Nordic musculoskeletal disorders questionnaire on pain and discomfort. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.

Result: Respondents were 40 male and 10 female surgeons with mean age of 38.9 years. Forty-four respondents (88%) reported that their job usually require them to stand for long hours, and41 (82%) also reported that they would work in the same posture for long period of time. In addition, 43 (86%) also reported that they would have to bend their trunk slightly during their job. Thirty-five respondents (70%) reported having at least one musculoskeletal disorder. Twenty-three (65.7%) surgeons had to miss their job at least once during last 12 month of which nineteen (54.3%) missed them in last 7 days.

Conclusion: This survey showed that various musculoskeletal ailments were common among surgeons of all sub-specialties in our hospital which is likely one of the common and a serious occupational hazards in this population.

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Author Biographies

Anira Vaidya, Department of Surgery Bir Hospital National Academy of Medical Science
Tutor
Nayan Kamal Sainju, Kathmandu Medical College (affiliated to Kath Univ) Sinamangal. Kathmandu
Intern
Sunil Kumar Joshi, Department of Community Medicine Kathmandu Medical College (affiliated to Kath Univ) Sinamangal. Kathmandu, Nepal

Professor & HOD

Published
2017-08-06
How to Cite
Vaidya, A., Sainju, N. K., & Joshi, S. K. (2017). Work related musculoskeletal disorders among surgeons working in a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 5(2), 6 - 10. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v5i2.17948
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