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Assessment of Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Evaluation of Radiology Workstation Ergonomics in a National Radiology Workforce

  • Helena Bentley
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    Address Correspondence to: Helena Bentley, MD, MSc , Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 11th Floor, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC V5Z 1M9. Canada
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    Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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  • Tong Wu
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    Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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  • Mckenzie Russell
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    Department of Pathology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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  • Sabrina Fitzgerald
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    Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
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  • Nick Chapman
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    Tall Tree Integrated Health, Victoria, BC, Canada
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  • Hanna Kolof
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    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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  • Author Footnotes
    7 Charlotte J. Yong-Hing is the Vice Chair Equity and Diversity, Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia; President, BC Radiological Society; President, Canadian Society of Breast Imaging; Medical Director, Breast Imaging, BC Cancer, Vancouver, Canada.
    Charlotte J. Yong-Hing
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    7 Charlotte J. Yong-Hing is the Vice Chair Equity and Diversity, Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia; President, BC Radiological Society; President, Canadian Society of Breast Imaging; Medical Director, Breast Imaging, BC Cancer, Vancouver, Canada.
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    Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Diagnostic Imaging, BC Cancer, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    7 Charlotte J. Yong-Hing is the Vice Chair Equity and Diversity, Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia; President, BC Radiological Society; President, Canadian Society of Breast Imaging; Medical Director, Breast Imaging, BC Cancer, Vancouver, Canada.
Published:December 29, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.12.007

      Rationale and Objectives

      We assessed the presence of musculoskeletal discomfort and evaluated the ergonomics parameters of radiology workstations and the impact of poor radiology workstation ergonomics on musculoskeletal discomfort in a national radiology workforce.

      Methods

      This was a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study. All radiologist and radiology trainee members of the Canadian Association of Radiologists were eligible to participate. Radiology workstation ergonomics parameters and self-reported data on musculoskeletal discomfort were recorded. A binary logistic regression model was fitted to the data to ascertain the impact of participants’ radiology workstation ergonomics parameters on the likelihood of experience of musculoskeletal discomfort while adjusting for demographic variables.

      Results

      A total of 191 questionnaires were completed. The median (interquartile range) age of participants was 42.0 years (17.0 years) and 56.8% of participants were female. One hundred fifty participants (78.5%) self-reported the presence of musculoskeletal discomfort. Ergonomics parameters most commonly implemented included having monitors an arm's length away (82.6%) and hands being shoulder-width apart (77.1%). Binary logistic regression revealed participants either not having the top of the monitor screen at eye level when in a seated position or not having the wrists straight and relatively flat when using the mouse was associated with an increased likelihood of experience of musculoskeletal discomfort. The majority of participants (92.7%) self-reported their musculoskeletal discomfort to affect work productivity.

      Conclusion

      A high proportion of musculoskeletal discomfort, limited implementation of ergonomics parameters of radiology workstations, and an association of two of these ergonomics parameters with an increased likelihood of experience of musculoskeletal discomfort were observed in a national radiology workforce.

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