Examining national trends in worker health with the National Health Interview Survey.
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(Suppl. 12S):S58-S62
Objective: To describe data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), both the annual core survey and periodic occupational health supplements (OHSs), available for examining national trends in worker health. Methods: The NHIS is an annual in-person household survey with a cross-sectional multistage clustered sample design to produce nationally representative health data. The 2010 NHIS included an OHS. Results: Prevalence rates of various health conditions and health behaviors among workers based on multiple years of NHIS core data are available. In addition, the 2010 NHIS-OHS data provide prevalence rates of selected health conditions, work organization factors, and occupational exposures among US workers by industry and occupation. Conclusions: The publicly available NHIS data can be used to identify areas of concern for various industries and for benchmarking data from specific worker groups against national averages.
Total-Worker-Health; Worker-health; Work-environment; Health-programs; Health-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Behavior; Work-operations; Work-practices; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Health-surveys; Information-retrieval-systems; Surveillance-programs
Sara E. Luckhaupt, MD, MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Pkwy, R-17, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine