Health status and risk indicator trends of the aging US health care workforce.
Lee-DJ; Fleming-LE; LeBlanc-WG; Arheart-KL; Ferraro-KF; Pitt-Catsouphes-M; Muntaner-C; Fernandez-CA; Caban-Martinez-AJ; Davila-EP; Bandiera-FC; Lewis-JE; Kachan-D
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Apr; 54(4):497-503
OBJECTIVES: To describe the health status and risk indicator trends in a representative sample of US health care workers aged 45 years and older. METHODS: Using pooled data from the 1997 to 2009 National Health Interview Survey, logistic regression analyses were performed to determine whether age-group specific morbidity risks differed within occupational subgroups of the health care workforce (N = 6509). Health and morbidity trends were examined via complex survey adjusted and weighted chi-squared tests. RESULTS: Rates of functional limitation and hypertension increased among diagnosing/assessing health care workers. The prevalence of hearing impairment, cancer, and hypertension was two to three times greater in health-diagnosing/assessing workers aged 60 years and older than in younger workers. Health care service workers were up to 19 times more likely to be obese than workers who diagnose/assess health. CONCLUSIONS: Healthier workplaces and targeted interventions are needed to optimize the ability to meet health care demands of this aging workforce.
Age-groups; Humans; Men; Women; Risk-factors; Health-care-personnel; Morbidity-rates; Hypertension; Hearing-loss; Cancer; Weight-factors; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Neoplasms; Medical-personnel; Analytical-processes
David J. Lee, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of MiamiMiller School of Medicine, 1120NW14th St, Rm 1530, Miami, FL 33136
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida