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A Survey Study of Occupational Pain and Injury in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons

Auteur     Jennifer A Sivak-Callcott
Auteur     Sebastian R Diaz
Auteur     Alan M Ducatman
Auteur     Charles L Rosen
Auteur     Ashish D Nimbarte
Auteur     Judith A Sedgeman
Résumé     PURPOSE:: To determine factors associated with pain/injury related to practicing ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. METHODS:: A 29-question electronic survey was sent to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s listserv. The Chi-Squared Automatic Interaction Detector technique was used to generate a decision tree using SPSS software. The levels of dendograms were limited to 8. Significance was pre-established at α = 0.05. RESULTS:: One hundred thirty surveys were completed, and 72.5% reported pain associated with operating, 80.9% reported use of loupe magnification, 68.7% reported use of a headlight, 42.5% reported modification of their operating room practice, and 9.2% reported stopping operating due to pain or spine injury. Most respondents regularly exercise, with 55.7% characterizing the amount of exercise as less than necessary; 60.8% and 57.3% agreed that loupe use and headlamp use, respectively, can lead to spine problems.Chi-Squared Automatic Interaction Detector analysis found that 62.7% (n = 47) with neck pain had modified their operating room practice, compared with 13.5% (n = 7) without pain (χ = 30.42; df = 1; p < 0.001); All surgeons that had to stop operating (n = 9) had tried modifying their operating room practice; over half (57.6%, n = 38) of practicing surgeons had changed their operating room practice (χ = 6.09; df = 1; p = 0.014). The majority who exercised 5 hours or less had modified their operating room practice (70.2%, n = 33), compared with 26.3% (n = 5) who exercised more. CONCLUSIONS:: Many oculoplastic surgeons experience discomfort due to operating, and an alarming minority have stopped operating due to pain or neck injury. Participants identified loupe and headlamp use as a special concern.
Publication     Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Date     Sep 20, 2010

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