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Longest held job in U.S. occupational groups: the National Health Interview Survey.

Authors
Gomez-Marin-O; Fleming-LE; Caban-A; LeBlanc-WG; Lee-DJ; Pitman-T
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2005 Jan; 47(1):79-90
NIOSHTIC No.
20025936
Abstract
Objective: We sought to assess the validity of using current or most recent occupation as surrogate for longest-held job (and its exposures). Methods: The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is an annual, probability, cross-sectional U.S. population survey. The 1986 and 1988 NHIS occupational supplements provided information for more than 49,000 workers. Using Cohen's Kappa, concordance was assessed by occupational group and several subgroups. Results: Statistically significant results were observed for all occupational groups. More than 70% of 13 broad occupations had a Kappa of 50.0 or greater, with variable concordance by subpopulation. Among 206 occupational groups, there was more variability: Kappa ranged from 92.7 (dentists) to 9.2 (farm managers). Conclusions: Moderate-to-high levels of agreement was observed in this large, representative sample of US workers. Therefore, current occupation can be used as a surrogate for longest-held job for many occupational subgroups.
Keywords
Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Job-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Sociological-factors
Contact
Departments of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33101
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20050101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ogomez@med.miami.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003915
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
FL
Performing Organization
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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