Occupational health issues experienced by UK embryologists: informing improvements in clinical reproductive science practice

Priddle, Helen, Pickup, Sarah and Hayes, Catherine (2021) Occupational health issues experienced by UK embryologists: informing improvements in clinical reproductive science practice. Human Fertility. ISSN 1464-7273

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Abstract

A consultation exercise was undertaken with UK embryologists to construct knowledge of the occupational health issues they experience in everyday practice. Data were obtained from 223 eligible survey responses. Work-related ill health was self-reported by 58.3% of respondents, 76.2% of whom reported multiple issues. The most frequently disclosed ill-health conditions were musculoskeletal disorders (45.3%) and stress and mental health problems (27.8%). Other issues with an incidence above 3% were ocular and auditory problems and needlestick and liquid nitrogen injuries. Shoulder injury or pain correspondingly increased in incidence with length of time in service. Absence from work and/or light duties were necessitated for 34.5% of those affected. Assessment of the evidence base for these work-related ill-health conditions explored contributory and ameliorating factors, which enabled a series of evidence-based recommendations to be formulated via the adoption of a GRADE-based framework.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Sciences > Environment
Sciences > Health Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Catherine Hayes
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 12:01
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 13:14
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12923
ORCID for Sarah Pickup: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6829-1439
ORCID for Catherine Hayes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3870-2668

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