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Health consequences of shift-work: The case of Iranian Hospital Security Personnel

(2015) Health consequences of shift-work: The case of Iranian Hospital Security Personnel. Work.

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BACKGROUND: Shift-work, which is an ergonomics issue in workplaces, can negatively affect workers. The security personnel of medical centers in Iran have multiple responsibilities and consequently are exposed to such unwanted situations as observing patients, disputing with patient's attendants, unwanted shift schedules, and being away from family for long periods. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed health problems of Iranian hospital security personnel (shift-worker personnel) using the Survey of Shift-workers (SOS) questionnaire (Persian version). METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in seven medical centers (4 hospitals and 3 clinics). A total of 416 workers were surveyed: shift-workers (exposed group) (n=209) and non-shift-workers (unexposed group) (n=207). RESULTS: The prevalence of adverse health effects was higher in shift-workers than day-workers. The level of education and mean Body Mass Index (BMI) in shift-workers were significantly higher compared with day-workers. The prevalence of gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular and psychological problems were also significantly higher in shift-workers compared with day-workers. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the prevalence of health problems among the security personnel of medical centers was high. Hence, it is recommended that personnel be put under periodic monitoring and receive medical counseling and treatment if there is any disorder.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By 2
Keywords: adult; cross-sectional study; female; health status; hospital personnel; human; Iran; male; middle aged; Occupational Diseases; police; prevalence; questionnaire; risk factor; statistics and numerical data; work schedule, Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Health Status; Humans; Iran; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Diseases; Personnel, Hospital; Police; Prevalence; Risk Factors; Surveys and Questionnaires; Work Schedule Tolerance
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 400-495 Occupational Medicine, Health, and Hygiene
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Social Determinants in Health Promotion Research Center
Depositing User: مهندس هدی فهیم پور

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