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Objectives: Identification of the level of knowledge on ergonomics principles, and application of these by dentistry students to investigate whether painful symptomatology was experienced. An-other objective is the expansion of discussions on occupational health in academic settings. Study Design and Settings: Dentistry students of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil n = 148 were surveyed using the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire to determine the severity of musculoskeletal symptoms experienced. Data were analyzed through EpiInfo 7.0 to measure central trends and variability 5for quantitative variables, absolute and relative frequencies for categorical variables, and significance between groups confidence intervals and chisquare. Association analysis Pearson was also carried out. Results: Ergonomic measures were not reported by students. Within the musculoskeletal symptoms described, females were the most affected, independent of academic level. Conclusions: Positive correlations were verified between all categories and all anatomic regions e.g., neck, lower back, wrists, hands, and shoulders. Data suggest progressive worsening of symptoms, which will eventually result in leaves of absence.


Musculoskeletal Disorders, Ergonomics, Health Promotion, Occupational Health, Health Education

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da Costa Cunha, C. , do Ceu Clara Costa, I. , Roncalli, A. , de Souza, D. , de Andrade, F. and Medeiros Júnior, A. 2015 Painful Symptomatology Reported by Dentistry Students at a Brazilian University. Health, 7, 976-985. doi: 10.4236-health.2015.78115.

Autor: Cristiane Assunção da Costa Cunha1, Iris do Ceu Clara Costa1, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli1, Dyego Leandro Bezerra de Souza2, Fábi



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