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Gynaecologists blame high incidence of back pain on their work

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1323
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    More than seven out of 10 gynaecologists have back pain, with half blaming the problem on the job. Around one in eight have needed surgery, and many experience pain while carrying out examinations or performing surgery, according to a survey of 107 practitioners.

    The survey, conducted in Northern Ireland and reported in Occupational Medicine (2001;51:433-8), also found that one in five specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology have taken time off work because of back pain. Between them, the 107 consultants and retired consultants …

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