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Table 7 Self-reported risk factors and prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in the past 12 months among dentists (n = 430) (multivariate analysis)

From: Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in dentists

Self reported risk factors Neck pain OR (95% CI) Hand/wrist OR (95% CI)
Age   
   <40 1.00 1.00
   40 – 50 1.55 (0.78 to 3.05) 1.38 (0.72 to 2.65)
   50> 2.12 (1.14 to 3.95) * 0.96 (0.53 to 1.75)
Sex   
   men 1.00 NS
   Women 2.41 (1.41 to 4.13) *  
Height   
   <168 cm NS 1.00
   168 – 177   0.87 (0.48 to 1.60)
   >177   0.47 (0.24 to 0.90) *
Living alone 1.87 (1.01 to 3.47) * NS
High perceived exertion 1.92 (1.12 to 3.30) * NS
Strenuous shoulder movements NS 3.46 (1.85 to 6.45) *
Moderate perceived general health 2.95 (1.72 to 5.05) * 2.72 (1.62 to 4.55) *
  1. *x2 test, p < 0.05 OR = prevalence ratio; 95% CI = 95% confidence interval.