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      Occupational Health Problems among Dentists in Croatia

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          Abstract

          Aim

          To assess the health status among dentists in Croatia regarding the symptoms of musculoskeletal, dermatological, sight, hearing and neurological disorders.

          Methods

          The anonymous online survey was conducted among 506 Croatian dentists.

          Results

          It was found that over 78.18% of the surveyed dentists experienced work related pain in upper back, 76.97% of them in lower back. Work-related skin problems were reported by 29.29% of dentists. Vision problems were reported by 46.87% and hearing problems by 19.03% of participants. Neurological disorders were reported by 15.76% of dentists.

          Conclusion

          This study is the first to report on the overall health status of Croatian dentists and, unfortunately, it showed undesirable results. Numerous health hazards, increased professional requirements and limited ergonomics in the work environment of Croatian dental practitioners cause various health disorders, and the prevalence of occupational diseases is very high.

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          Journal
          Acta Stomatol Croat
          Acta Stomatol Croat
          ASC
          Acta Stomatologica Croatica
          University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine, and Croatian Dental Society - Croatian Medical Association
          0001-7019
          1846-0410
          December 2016
          December 2016
          : 50
          : 4
          : 310-320
          Affiliations
          [1 ]– Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb
          [2 ]– Department of Dental Medicine, University Hospital Centre Zagreb
          [3 ]– Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
          [4 ]– University Department of Health Studies, University of Split, Croatia
          Author notes
          Address for correspondence:
Marin Vodanovic
University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine
Department of Dental Anthropology
Gundulićeva 5, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
 vodanovic@ 123456sfzg.hr
          Article
          PMC5328652 PMC5328652 5328652 ASC_50(4)_310-320
          10.15644/asc50/4/4
          5328652
          28275278
          84d047c4-2ded-481c-a459-f7b4bc0f64fa
          All rights reserved. Printed in Croatia. Copyright 2016: University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine; Croatian Dental Society - Croatian Medical Association. The full text of articles published in this journal can be used free of charge for personal and educational purposes while respecting the copyright of the authors and publishers. For commercial purposes no part of this journal may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information and retrieval system, without the written permission of the publisher.
          History
          : 14 September 2016
          : 24 November 2016
          Categories
          Original Scientific Paper

          Occupational disease,Croatia,Dentists,Musculoskeletal disorders

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