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PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS OF MUSCOSKELETAL DISORDERS AMONG ARABIC CALLIGRAPHERS LIVING IN SAUDI ARABIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 November 2018 18:01

Mustafa Ahmed Alshagga1, Ibrahim Abdel Aziz Ibrahim2, Naiyer Shahzad2, Shahnaz Hasan3, Mohammad Nizar Balilah1, Ahmad Salah Sadaqa1, Neveen Ali Awad1, Ayat Mohammed Aldosari1, Tafaol Ahmad Murad1 and Sami Abdo Radman Al-Dubai4

1School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

2Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah 21955, Saudi Arabia

3Department of Physiotherapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah 21955, Saudi Arabia

4Saudi Board in Community and Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Al-Madinah AL-Munawarah, 41412, Saudia Arabia.

*Corresponding authors: Mustafa Alshagga

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Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent a significant occupational problem. Only limited research is available about the impact of MSD on the active Calligraphers. Uncertainty remains about MSD prevalence and associated factors among Arabic calligraphers in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 124 Arabic calligraphers in Saudi Arabia. Data were collected by telephonic interviews using a structured questionnaire that consisted of the validated Standardized Nordic Questionnaire, socio-demographics and working characteristics. A total of 124 completed questionnaires were analyzed. The majority were men (96.8 %), worked for less than 10 hours/week (63.7%). The majority had musculoskeletal pain (59.7%) and about half of them worked for less than 15 years. The most commonly reported MSD was back pain (26.6%) followed by neck pain (21.0%) and shoulder pain (12.1%). In multiple logistic regression the significant predictors in the model were: not exercising (OR=7.1, 95% CI 2.6-19.2), age ≤40 (OR=2.8, 95% CI 1.1- 7.3), worked for ≤20 years (OR=3.4, 95% CI 1.3 -9.1) and being a professional calligrapher (OR=2.3, 95% CI 1.1 – 6.2). The total model is significant (p<0.001) and the adjusted r square= 0.37.MSDs among Arabic calligraphers in Saudi Arabia is relatively high; further clinical assessment is needed. We recommend that health authority in Saudi Arabia should increase the awareness among calligraphers about MSDs and its prevention.

Keywords: Musculoskeletal disorders, calligraphers, Saudi Arabia

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