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Relationship of work schedules to gastrointestinal diagnoses, symptoms, and medication use in auto factory workers.

Authors
Caruso-CC; Lusk-SL; Gillespie-BW
Source
Am J Ind Med 2004 Dec; 46(6):586-598
NIOSHTIC No.
20032302
Abstract
Background Gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are common in shift workers. This study examines the relationship between work schedules and GI symptoms, medications, and diagnoses. Methods In a cross-sectional survey of 343 US auto factory workers, four work schedule variables were examined: assigned shift, number of hours worked, number of night hours, and schedule variability. Multiple regression tested the relationship between GI outcomes and work schedule variables while controlling for covariates. Results The evening shift was associated with more GI symptoms and GI diagnoses. Unexpectedly, more consistent work times were associated with having a GI diagnosis. As schedule variability increased the probability of GI medication use increased in low noise exposure. Conclusion Findings suggest that evening shift and widely varying work start and end times may increase risks for GI disturbances.
Keywords
Shift-work; Shift-workers; Gastrointestinal-system; Gastrointestinal-system-disorders; Stomach-disorders; Automotive-industry; Worker-health; Workplace-studies
Contact
Claire C. Caruso, Research Health Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-24, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1998
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20041201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ccaruso@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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