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Occupational health-related illness and awareness level among dental surgeons in International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuantan

Ab. Halim, Noorhazayti and Ramlee, Nurul Aina Salmi and Maliki, Nur Alia and Harun, Nor Asilah and Md Mustafa, Md Muziman Syah (2021) Occupational health-related illness and awareness level among dental surgeons in International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuantan. Malaysian Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences, 17 (3). pp. 107-111. ISSN 1675-8544

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Introduction: Dental surgeon exposes to numerous occupational hazards include the bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration and workplace violence. It causes prolonged health effects on short or long term exposure include musculoskeletal disorder, back pain and other health issues. This study aimed to identify the level of awareness level of occupational hazards and experiences among dental surgeons' and to determine whether preventive measures are employed. Materials and Methods: A crosssectional study design and convenience sampling method has been used in this study. The Occupational Hazards in Dentistry questionnaire was self-administered by 39 dental surgeons in International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuantan. The data were analysed using descriptive, chi-square and thematic analysis. Results: The overall response rate was good (78%). Among the participants, 59% were female, and 41% were male. Half of the participants (59%) had worked for 11-20 years. The majority of the participants (82%) practised a correct posture while providing dental treatment. The most-reported pain areas were at the shoulder and neck, followed by the lower back. Approximately 10% of the participants had been diagnosed with cervical spondylitis/ degenerative cervical discs. Most participants have taken preventive measures to reduce exposure to these occupational hazards. Conclusions: Work-related pain is common among dental surgeons. The most affected pain area is the shoulder and neck, followed by back and wrist pain. Occupational hazards can be alleviated effectively using a comprehensive approach. It is essential for dentistry to incorporate these strategies into practice to improve productivity and enhance occupational safety.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5869/88462
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational health-related illness, occupational hazards, awareness, dentistry, prevention
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Optometry and Visual Science
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Depositing User: Asst Prof Noorhazayti Ab. Halim
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 07:01
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 10:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/88462

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