Key PointsQuestionWhat is the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among at-risk physicians (surgeons and interventionalists)? FindingsAmong 21 articles (5828 physicians) included in this systematic review and meta-analysis, the 12-month prevalence estimates for neck, shoulder, back, and upper extremity pain were estimated. The career prevalence estimates for degenerative cervical spine disease, rotator cuff pathology, degenerative lumbar spine disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome were also calculated. MeaningThe prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among at-risk physicians is comparable to that reported among high-risk workers (eg, laborers); given the impending physician shortage, this problem warrants prompt attention and action.
JAMA Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: Feb 27, 2018
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