- On Friday, April 18, 2014 Hamzeh M. ALZABADI; BSc wrote:
- Evaluation of Darkroom disease\'s symptoms among radiographers in the West Bank hospitals: a cross-sectional study in Palestine
- Published at:Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2014, 9:15 doi:10.1186/1745-6673-9-15
Background Radiographers report many unexplained work related symptoms attributed to \"darkroom disease symptoms\" such as headache, skin rash, mouth sores, blurred vision, palpitation, and chemical taste. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of occupationally-related darkroom disease symptoms among male radiographers in the West Bank hospitals.
Methods A cross sectional study was conducted on a non-random purposive sample of male radiographers (study group) and nurses (control group) using a previously validated and standardized questionnaire.
Results We were able to recruit 330 radiographers and 242 nurses. Data analysis showed that the majority of both groups aged between (36-43) years. Furthermore, the differences in the reported prevalence of symptoms among radiographers showed a statistically significant higher percentage for each reported symptom compared to nurses (P-values <0.001). In multivariate linear regression, staying more than