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Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons.
World Neurosurg. 2020 Feb; 134:e432-e441.WN

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among neurosurgeons can lead to consequences for themselves, the hospital, and society. In the current study, the working conditions of neurosurgeons from an ergonomic point of view is evaluated, together with WMSD.

METHODS

Members of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons were surveyed with an online survey covering 1) demographics, 2) working conditions, 3) ergonomic features during 3 neurosurgical procedures, and 4) whether they experienced WMSD. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify factors associated with experiencing WMSD.

RESULTS

In total, 417 replies were received. Respondents had a mean tenure of 21.9 years. In total, 33.1% stated that the operating room is furnished ergonomically and 90.7% stated that ergonomics is an underexposed field in neurosurgery. The majority of the respondents (73.6%) had experienced WMSD. Performing long procedures and spine surgery were mentioned most often as cause for WMSD. Due to WMSD, 11.3% of the respondents had to take time off work, and 14.2% considered changing their career. Analgesics were mostly used as treatment for WMSD (42.9%) and 7.4% underwent surgery. Having a tenure ≤15 years and having the operating room furnished ergonomically were associated with less WMSD in univariate analysis, whereas only a tenure <15 years was in multivariate analysis (odds ratio 0.27; 95% confidence interval 0.085-0.831).

CONCLUSIONS

Despite only a minority of the surgeons taking time off due to WMSD, the majority suffers from WMSD. Education of residents in ergonomics to prevent WMSD in their later careers and ergonomic furnishing of surgical instrumentation and operating rooms seem to be areas for improvement.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Neurosurgery, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands. Electronic address: p.gadjradj@erasmusmc.nl.Department of Neurosurgery, Sint Elisabeth Hospital, Willemstad, Curaçao; Department of Neurosurgery, Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Department of Neurosurgery, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.Department of Neurosurgery, Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31655238

Citation

Gadjradj, Pravesh S., et al. "Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons." World Neurosurgery, vol. 134, 2020, pp. e432-e441.
Gadjradj PS, Ogenio K, Voigt I, et al. Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons. World Neurosurg. 2020;134:e432-e441.
Gadjradj, P. S., Ogenio, K., Voigt, I., & Harhangi, B. S. (2020). Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons. World Neurosurgery, 134, e432-e441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2019.10.093
Gadjradj PS, et al. Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons. World Neurosurg. 2020;134:e432-e441. PubMed PMID: 31655238.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Ergonomics and Related Physical Symptoms Among Neurosurgeons. AU - Gadjradj,Pravesh S, AU - Ogenio,Kennedy, AU - Voigt,Istifari, AU - Harhangi,Biswadjiet S, Y1 - 2019/10/23/ PY - 2019/09/05/received PY - 2019/10/14/revised PY - 2019/10/15/accepted PY - 2019/10/28/pubmed PY - 2020/3/7/medline PY - 2019/10/27/entrez KW - Ergonomics KW - Neurosurgery KW - Occupational injury SP - e432 EP - e441 JF - World neurosurgery JO - World Neurosurg VL - 134 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among neurosurgeons can lead to consequences for themselves, the hospital, and society. In the current study, the working conditions of neurosurgeons from an ergonomic point of view is evaluated, together with WMSD. METHODS: Members of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons were surveyed with an online survey covering 1) demographics, 2) working conditions, 3) ergonomic features during 3 neurosurgical procedures, and 4) whether they experienced WMSD. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify factors associated with experiencing WMSD. RESULTS: In total, 417 replies were received. Respondents had a mean tenure of 21.9 years. In total, 33.1% stated that the operating room is furnished ergonomically and 90.7% stated that ergonomics is an underexposed field in neurosurgery. The majority of the respondents (73.6%) had experienced WMSD. Performing long procedures and spine surgery were mentioned most often as cause for WMSD. Due to WMSD, 11.3% of the respondents had to take time off work, and 14.2% considered changing their career. Analgesics were mostly used as treatment for WMSD (42.9%) and 7.4% underwent surgery. Having a tenure ≤15 years and having the operating room furnished ergonomically were associated with less WMSD in univariate analysis, whereas only a tenure <15 years was in multivariate analysis (odds ratio 0.27; 95% confidence interval 0.085-0.831). CONCLUSIONS: Despite only a minority of the surgeons taking time off due to WMSD, the majority suffers from WMSD. Education of residents in ergonomics to prevent WMSD in their later careers and ergonomic furnishing of surgical instrumentation and operating rooms seem to be areas for improvement. SN - 1878-8769 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31655238/Ergonomics_and_Related_Physical_Symptoms_Among_Neurosurgeons_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1878-8750(19)32712-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -