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The role of the work context in multiple wellness outcomes for hospital patient care workers.

Authors
Sorensen-G; Stoddard-AM; Stoffel-S; Buxton-O; Sembajwe-G; Hashimoto-D; Dennerlein-JT; Hopcia-K
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Aug; 53(8):899-910
NIOSHTIC No.
20040099
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationships among low back pain (LBP), inadequate physical activity, and sleep deficiency among patient care workers, and of these outcomes to work context. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of patient care workers (N = 1572, response rate = 79%). RESULTS: A total of 53% reported LBP, 46%, inadequate physical activity, and 59%, sleep deficiency. Inadequate physical activity and sleep deficiency were associated (P = 0.02), but LBP was not significantly related to either. Increased risk of LBP was significantly related to job demands, harassment at work, decreased supervisor support, and job title. Inadequate physical activity was significantly associated with low decision latitude. Sleep deficiency was significantly related to low supervisor support, harassment at work, low ergonomic practices, people-oriented culture, and job title. CONCLUSIONS: These findings point to shared pathways in the work environment that jointly influence multiple health and well-being outcomes.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Age-factors; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Workers; Back-injuries; Physical-fitness; Physiological-effects; Physiological-function; Physiological-stress; Sleep-deprivation; Health-care-personnel; Epidemiology; Total-Worker-Health
Contact
Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20110801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
glorian_sorensen@dfci.harvard.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; B01182012
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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