Relationship between workload and obesity among dentists in Regional Health No.8, Northeastern, Thailand
Purpose - This research sought to examine the workload of dentists and to establish the nature of links between obesity and observed workload.
Design/methodology/approach - A cross-sectional method was to describe a cohort dentists based in Health Region No.8 area which is a part of the northeastern region of Thailand. There were 209 participants participated in the study. A questionnaire was designed to evaluate the workload of dentists adapted from existing model. Standardized questionnaires were used to assess health-related behaviors and characteristics. Data was analyzed using Spearman correlation analysis, Mann-Whitney U test, and Kruskal-Wallis test with the 0.05 level of statistical significance.
Findings - There was a little positive correlation of BMI and the total time spend working and time spend working in office hours. Dentists who had feeling of being overworked from all appointment requests had an increased probability of becoming obese and exhibiting abdominal obesity.
Originality/value - This research can be used as a guideline to design suitable policy for dentistry profession in order to increase their quality of life.
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