An overview of occupational hazards amongst UK Otolaryngologists
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Occupational-related hazards (OH) are noted to be prevalent within the medical community. However, there is limited evidence of its effects amongst ENT surgeons. A national survey was carried out with the assistance of ENT-UK to investigate the prevalence of various OH amongst ENT doctors in the UK. A literature search was also conducted to search for articles within English literature worldwide on this subject. 70.6 % of the responding 323 ENT surgeons had reported a form of OH throughout their career. Musculoskeletal pain was the most commonly reported (47.4 %) followed by stress/psychiatric morbidities (38.4 %) and sharps injuries (26.6 %). We found no correlation between OH and consultants/non-consultant status, time spent in ENT and subspecialty. Our literature search revealed 16 articles pertaining to OH amongst ENT doctors. OHs are prevalent within the UK ENT community. There is good evidence within literature on musculoskeletal pain, however, higher level studies are required to thoroughly investigate the other hazards.
KeywordsENT surgeons Otolaryngologists Occupational hazards Work-related illness Ill-health
We are incredibly grateful to Mr. David Lowe and the ENT-UK survey team for their assistance in designing and distributing our survey as well as the Colchester Hospital University Trust library team for their aid in our literature search.
Compliance with ethical standards
There was no external source of funding for this study.
Conflict of interest
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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