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Comparative Study
, 10 (4), e0123750

Comparisons of Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Ten Different Medical Professions in Taiwan: A Nationwide, Population-Based Study

Comparative Study

Comparisons of Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Ten Different Medical Professions in Taiwan: A Nationwide, Population-Based Study

Shu Yi Wang et al. PLoS One.


Objective: Medical personnel are at risk of musculoskeletal disorders but little is known whether the risk of musculoskeletal disorders were different among various medical professions. Therefore, this study compared the risk of musculoskeletal disorders among personnel of 10 different medical professions in Taiwan using a nationwide health claims database.

Methods: Data from the 2000-2010 Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database were used to identify personnel of 10 different medical professions. Diagnoses based on the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) were used to identify eight different musculoskeletal disorders that occurred after the license issuance date. Cox proportional hazards model was used to compare the risk of eight musculoskeletal disorders among the 10 different medical professions using dentists as the reference category.

Results: A total of 7,820 medical personnel were included in the analysis. Using dentists as the reference category, physical therapists showed a significantly higher risk of all eight musculoskeletal disorders (ranging from 1.59 [p = 0.032] in sprains and strains of other and unspecified parts of back to 2.93 [p < 0.001] in spondylosis and allied disorders).

Conclusions: Compared with dentists, a profession that already known to suffer from high rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, physical therapists, registered nurses, and doctors of Chinese medicine showed an even higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Conflict of interest statement

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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