Association of self-rated physical health and incident hypertension with O*NET factors: validation using a representative national survey.
Meyer-JD; Cifuentes-M; Warren-N
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Feb; 53(2):139-145
OBJECTIVE: To examine the predictive validity of Occupational Information Network (O*NET)-based constructs with health outcomes. METHODS: Data from the National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) surveys were used to examine associations of self-rated health and incident hypertension with work characteristics. Job control and substantive complexity (SC) scores derived from the O*NET were imputed to occupation in the MIDUS surveys. Validity was assessed through variance partitioning and regression models contrasting O*NET and survey-based constructs. RESULTS: Congruence between control scores derived from O*NET and from self-rated scores from MIDUS was good. Shared variance between SC scores and survey-based control was less. All constructs were modest predictors of self-rated health. Substantive complexity was a stronger predictor of incident hypertension (Adjusted Odds Ratio = 1.87). CONCLUSIONS: Occupational characteristics derived from O*NET variables performed as well as or better than survey-based job control in describing associations with self-rated health and incident hypertension.
Health-surveys; Information-retrieval-systems; Hypertension; Questionnaires; Work-organization; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Worker-health; Job-analysis; Occupations; Humans; Age-factors; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Mathematical-models; Demographic-characteristics; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors
John D. Meyer MD, MPH, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Health Center; HSC 3-103, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Connecticut, Schools of Medicine, Internal Medicine/Medicine - Farmington