The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence, distribution, and severity of injuries to students before entering chiropractic college and to explore the possible demographic risk factors to these injuries.
A cross-sectional survey was administered to first-year chiropractic students (n = 255) of one chiropractic college. Survey questions were adopted from the Standardized Nordic and Outcome Assessment Health Status Questionnaires. Data were collected on severity and period of last perception of low back, hand/wrist (HW), and neck/shoulder (NS) injuries of the students before attending chiropractic college.
The response rate was 98.8% (N = 252), among which 66.7% were males. Injury prevalence to low back, HW, and NS before attending chiropractic college was 50.4%, 40.1%, and 53.2%, respectively. Of the respondents, 48.8% were overweight/obese and they were more likely to report injuries to HW (odds ratio, 2.10; 95% confidence interval, 1.25-3.51) and NS (odds ratio, 1.70; 95% confidence interval, 1.04-2.73) compared with those with normal weight. Among those with injuries, the mean body mass index for the females was significantly greater than for the males.
This study identified a high prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries among students before attending this particular chiropractic college. Only a small percentage of those injuries were severe enough to impede normal daily work. From this study sample, it seems that males entering this chiropractic college tend to report more injuries than females. However, females with high BMI seemed to report more previous injuries.
"The etiology and risk factors associated with many of these occupational injuries are not well understood. Risk factors that have been previously identified include history of previous injury, severity of injury, occupations that involve the maintenance of awkward postures and movements over a prolonged time interval, occupations that require repetitive and forceful tasks, and occupations requiring high levels of activity . MSD' medical and socio-professional consequences are important . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aim of the work: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) represent a significant occupational
problem among hospital staff; however, data on musculoskeletal health of hospital staff are sparse.
This study sought to determine the prevalence of MSD, their epidemiologic data and the associated
Methods: A previously self administered questionnaire sought information on demographics,
prevalence and pattern of MSD, associated risk factors was employed as the survey instrument.
A total of 520 questionnaires were distributed to hospital staff but only 433 questionnaires was
valid. Eighty-seven of the returned questionnaires were excluded because of incomplete data.
Results: The prevalence of MSD among hospital staff was 65.4%. Musculoskeletal disorders
occurred mostly in low back (74.5%), neck (38.1%), and knees (31.1%).
Factors associated to MSD were age (P <0.001), female gender (P < 0.001), years of service
(P <0.001) as well as prolonged standing or sitting (P = 0.016 and 0.023, respectively). No significant
association was found between repetitive movement, uncomfortable postures, heavy load handling,
working on night shifts, stress and the presence of MSD.
Conclusion: A high proportion of hospital staff reported MSD at some body site with the low
back being injured most often. Education programs on prevention and coping strategies for musculoskeletal
disorders are recommended for hospital staff in order to reduce the rate of occupational
hazards and also promote efficiency in patient care.
"For many professions, injury history, area of practice specialization, or work environment has been identified as potential risk of work-related injuries.54 The chiropractic, physical therapy, and dentistry professions may be at increased risks for work-related injury because of their exposure to repetitive movements, hand force, static loading, and awkward postures in their work.54-57 Lorme and Naqvi58 found that when performing treatments, doctors of chiropractic were subject to dynamic forces that increase spinal loading and could increase risk of injury. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this narrative review is to discuss the potential for burnout in chiropractic practitioners. This discussion is grounded in the job demands-resource model, the conservation of resources model, the unique profession-specific stressors experienced by chiropractors, and information from similar health care professions.
A search using both the indexed (PubMed and PsychLit) and nonindexed psychosocial literature was used. Other resources included the Cochrane Library, articles from governing bodies of the chiropractic profession, trade magazines, and research conferences and symposium proceedings. Articles were analyzed following the grounded theory principles: open coding and memos for conceptual labeling, axial coding and memos for category building, and selective coding for model building.
Potential stressors unique to doctors of chiropractic include factors associated with physical workload, role stress, and mental and emotional demands.
There are unique chiropractic-specific occupational characteristics that possibly contribute to burnout in the chiropractic professionals. These findings emphasize the need for assessing and measuring burnout and attrition within the chiropractic profession.
Journal of Chiropractic Humanities 12/2011; 18(1):86-93. DOI:10.1016/j.echu.2011.09.003
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The main goal of this paper is to investigate the robustness of some procedures recently proposed in the literature for harmonic pollution metering, in respect to the effects of the uncertainty sources present in the measurement chain. Both single point and multipoint methods are discussed. The research is based on computer simulations performed on an IEEE test system suitable for studies related to harmonics in power distribution networks. The estimate of the combined uncertainty affecting the measurement results is achieved by exploiting a Monte Carlo statistical approach. The results are discussed to highlight some important findings on the practical usability of these monitoring techniques.
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 09/2004; 53(4-53):1140 - 1145. DOI:10.1109/TIM.2004.831431 · 1.79 Impact Factor
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