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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 75

of 'Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: Indications, patient preparation, and complications'

Musculoskeletal injuries among ERCP endoscopists in Canada.
O'Sullivan S, Bridge G, Ponich T
Can J Gastroenterol. 2002;16(6):369.
BACKGROUND: There are few reports in the literature describing musculoskeletal complaints among endoscopists, and none are specific to those who perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
PURPOSE: To examine the current practices of ERCP endoscopists and the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries.
METHODS: A self-report survey was sent to physicians practising ERCP across Canada identified through a pre-existing database. A second mailing was sent six weeks later to those who did not respond to the first mailing.
RESULTS: Of 162 surveys sent, 122 responses were received, with five respondents indicating that they no longer performed ERCP and three declining to participate. Of the 114 participants, 67% reported at least one musculoskeletal complaint, and 58% reported two or more complaints. Seventy-four per cent attributed their symptoms to endoscopy and/or ERCP, and 79% reported that their condition was aggravated by performing ERCP. The most frequently reported pain symptoms were back pain (57%), neck pain (46%) and hand pain (33%), which are all consistent with the physical risks involved in performing ERCP. Only 51% reported taking regular breaks, and only 25% reported having fluoroscopy tables with adjustable heights. The room designs of the respondents' ERCP facilities were analyzed for ergonomic considerations: 67% had poor ergonomics and 33% had good ergonomics. Sixty-four per cent reported that they were interested in learning preventive strategies.
CONCLUSIONS: Physicians who perform ERCP develop musculoskeletal injuries and are interested in learning about risk factor modification.
Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.