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Work hours and absenteeism among police officers.

Fekedulegn D; Burchfiel CM; Hartley TA; Baughman P; Charles LE; Andrew ME; Violanti JM
Int J Emerg Mental Health Hum Resil 2013 Oct-Dec; 15(4):267-276
In this study, the cross-sectional association of paid work hours with episodes of work absence was examined in a cohort of police officers. Study subjects were participants from the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study examined between 2004 and 2009. Among 395 study participants with complete data, day-by-day work history records during the one-year period prior to date of examination were used to determine episodes of one-day and three day work absence. The Negative binomial regression analysis was used to examine rate ratios (RR) of work absence. Analyses were also stratified by gender. A one-hour increase in total work hours was associated with 5% reduction in rate of one-day work absence (RR = 0.95, 95% CI: 0.92 - 0.98) and with 8% reduction in rate of three-day work absence (RR = 0.92, 95% CI: 0.89 - 0.95). The association of total work hours with episodes of one-day work absence was significant only in men while the association with episodes of three-day work absence was evident in men and women. In conclusion, in this cohort of police officers, work hours were negatively associated with both durations of work absence (one-day, > or = 3 consecutive days).
Law-enforcement; Law-enforcement-workers; Police-officers; Emergency-responders; Mental-health; Mental-stress; Psychological-effects; Humans; Women; Men; Sex-factors; Age-factors; Age-groups; Mortality-rates; Mortality-surveys; Racial-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Author Keywords: police officers; work hours; sickness absence; work history
Desta Fekedulegn, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Morgantown, WV
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Document Type
Journal Article
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Funding Type
Grant; Contract
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Grant-Number-R01-OH-009640; Contract-200-2003-01580
Issue of Publication
NIOSH Division
Priority Area
Public Safety
Source Name
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
Performing Organization
State University of New York at Buffalo
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division