Survey of back and neck pain in South African ophthalmologists

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title Survey of back and neck pain in South African ophthalmologists
Creator Anderson, Craig D. Makgotloe, Aubrey Koetsie, Karen Rose, André
Subject ophthalmology; public health age; gender; height; job capacity; subspecialty; hours spent working; and specific questions about back and neck pain
Description Background: Back and neck pain are common in the general population and a common occupational condition. Occupationally related back and neck pain is common amongst ophthalmologists.Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of back and neck pain amongst South African ophthalmologists.Setting: This was a survey that was conducted amongst South African ophthalmologists (n = 324) and ophthalmologists-in-training (n = 115).Methods: The response rate was 44.8% (n = 197). There was no sampling and a hyperlink to an electronic questionnaire, hosted on the REDCap survey platform, was sent to 440 potential respondents. A descriptive analysis was carried out using STATA version 15. Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Witwatersrand.Results: Mean age was 47.1 years (standard deviation [s.d.] ± 12.1) and 62 (31.5%) women. The cohort was stratified into specialists (n = 81, 41.1%), subspecialists (n = 75, 38.1%) and ophthalmologists-in-training (n = 41, 20.8%). Most of the participants (n = 156, 79.2%) were qualified ophthalmologists. Respondents reported current back pain (n = 124, 62.9%), lower back pain (n = 66, 33.5%) and neck pain (n = 76, 38.6%). The overall median pain rating (on a scale from 1 to 10) was 4. Respondents reported mild pain (n = 71, 36%) and severe pain (n = 35, 17.7%). Operating and using a slit lamp were pain aggravating factors in 36% (n = 71) and 37.1% (n = 73), respectively.Conclusion: Back and neck pain are prevalent amongst South African ophthalmologists and comparable to other ophthalmologists worldwide.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-02-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v80i1.616
Source African Vision and Eye Health; Vol 80, No 1 (2021); 6 pages 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
Coverage South Africa January 2019 - May 2019 —
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Craig D. Anderson