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Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health

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October 13, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Anne Jääskeläinen, Johanna Kausto, Jorma Seitsamo, Anneli Ojajärvi, Clas-Håkan Nygård, Elja Arjas, Päivi Leino-Arjas
OBJECTIVES: We analyzed the work ability index (WAI) and its first item (work ability score, WAS) - and subsequent four-year changes thereof - as predictors of disability pension (DP). METHODS: We linked survey responses of 5251 Finnish municipal employees, aged 44-58 years, to pension and death register data until 2009. Job content (physical, mental, or mixed) was based on observation. Baseline (1981) WAI was divided into poor (<27), moderate (28-36), and good/excellent (>37) and WAS into poor (0-5), moderate (6-7), and good/excellent (8-10)...
October 5, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Jørn Olsen, Lars Henning Pedersen
Reproductive epidemiologists study disease outcomes over three time periods: (i) from conception, or before, to birth, (ii) from birth to death and (iii) from death and into the next generations. They have traditionally been short of data from the time of conception to birth, and we use data at birth to estimate fetal growth or the incidence of congenital malformations. Although we are interested in incidence data for defects that start early in gestation, we have to use prevalence data at birth. Cumulative incidence will only be similar to prevalence at birth given no competing risks - or no fetal death after the onset of the lesion...
September 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Magnhild Oust Torske, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Bjørn Hilt, David Glasscock, Steinar Krokstad
OBJECTIVE: Studies of the mental health of farmers have been largely cross-sectional and possibly confounded. We performed a prospective cohort study as well as a sibling comparison to control for unmeasured confounding. METHODS: Our study included 76 583 participants aged ≥19 years from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study [HUNT1 (1984-1986), HUNT2 (1995-1997) and HUNT3 (2006-2008)]. We used the Anxiety and Depression Index (ADI) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to measure symptoms of mental distress...
September 16, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Yves Roquelaure, Emilie Chazelle, Ludivine Gautier, Julie Plaine, Alexis Descatha, Bradley Evanoff, Julie Bodin, Natacha Fouquet, Buisson Catherine
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe time trends of incidence/prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, in a French region over an 8-year period. METHODS: Three independent data sources were analyzed for the population of the Pays de la Loire region aged 20-59 between 2004 and 2011: hospital discharge records for "surgically treated CTS" (SURG-CTS), the social insurance data on "CTS compensated for as an occupational disease" (OD-CTS), and the regional surveillance program of "work-related diseases" (WRD-CTS)...
September 16, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Gerben Hulsegge, Jolanda Ma Boer, Allard J van der Beek, Wm Monique Verschuren, Ivonne Sluijs, Roel Vermeulen, Karin I Proper
OBJECTIVE: Shift work is associated with adverse health outcomes, and an unhealthy diet may be a contributing factor. We compared diet quantity and quality between day and shift workers, and studied exposure-response relationships regarding frequency of night shifts and years of shift work. METHODS: Cross-sectional general population data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL) cohort was used. Dietary intake was assessed in 1993-1997 among adults aged 20-70 years using a food frequency questionnaire...
September 15, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Lars Louis Andersen, Nils Fallentin, Jeppe Zielinski Nguyen Ajslev, Markus Due Jakobsen, Emil Sundstrup
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the association between occupational lifting and day-to-day change in low-back pain (LBP) intensity. METHODS: Each day for three consecutive weeks, 95 full-time workers from 51 Danish supermarkets with frequent occupational lifting replied to daily text messages about LBP intensity (scale 0-10). Supervisors at the supermarkets provided information about daily working hours and load (number of different pallets handled) for each worker during the three weeks...
September 9, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Julie Lagersted-Olsen, Birthe Lykke Thomsen, Andreas Holtermann, Karen Søgaard, Marie Birk Jørgensen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper was to investigate if objectively measured daily duration of forward bending of the trunk increases the risk of the development or aggravation of low-back pain (LBP) over one year in a working blue-collar population by examining (i) the incidence rate of LBP among workers reporting no LBP at baseline, and (ii) the aggravation of LBP among workers reporting LBP at baseline. METHODS: Using data from the Danish Physical Activity Cohort with Objective Measurements (DPhacto), the study measured forward bending of the trunk (>60˚) at work (FBW) and during leisure time (FBL), diurnally with accelerometers, and LBP with one-year monthly self-reports among 682 blue-collar workers from 15 workplaces...
September 8, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Steffen Otterbach, Meredith Tavener, Peta Forder, Jennifer Powers, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and determinants of time pressure among younger Australian women born between 1973 and 1978 over a 17-year period. METHODS: Using six surveys (N=14 247 at baseline in 1996) from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women`s Health (ALSWH), we estimated fixed-effects ordered logistic regression models. RESULTS: More than two thirds of women felt rushed, pressured, too busy every day or a few times a week, and time pressure substantially increased over the observed 17-year period...
August 31, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Mai Stafford, Rachel Cooper, Dorina Cadar, Ewan Carr, Marcus Richards, Stephen Stansfeld, Paola Zaninotto, Jenny Head, Diana Kuh
OBJECTIVE: Policy in many industrialized countries increasingly emphasizes extended working life. We examined associations between physical and cognitive capability in mid-adulthood and work in late adulthood. METHODS: Using self-reported physical limitations and performance-based physical and cognitive capability at age 53, assessed by trained nurses from the Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health and Development, we examined prospective associations with extended working (captured by age at and reason for retirement from main occupation, bridge employment in paid work after retirement from the main occupation, and voluntary work participation) up to age 68 among >2000 men and women...
August 30, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Lieke Lammerts, Frederieke G Schaafsma, Karin Bonefaas-Groenewoud, Willem van Mechelen, Johannes Anema
OBJECTIVES: Both the presence of mental health problems and the absence of an employment contract have been related to long-term sickness absence and unemployment, indicating a need for return-to-work (RTW) interventions. Our aim was to study the effectiveness of a new participatory, supportive RTW program for workers without an employment contract, sick-listed 2-14 weeks due to a common mental disorder, in comparison with usual care. METHODS: A participatory approach, integrated care and direct placement in a competitive job were part of the new program...
August 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Jesper Mortensen, Nadya Dich, Theis Lange, Kristina Alexanderson, Marcel Goldberg, Jenny Head, Mika Kivimäki, Ida Eh Madsen, Reiner Rugulies, Jussi Vahtera, Marie Zins, Naja Hulvej Rod
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the individual, joint and interactive effects of job strain and informal caregiving on long-term sickness absence with special attention to gender differences. METHODS: The study comprised a prospective cohort study of 6798 working adults from France, 14 727 from Finland, and 5275 from the UK. A total of 26 800 participants, age 52 (interquartile range 47-56) years participated in the study. Job strain was assessed using the demand-control model...
August 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Lynne E Pinkerton, Misty J Hein, Jeri L Anderson, Mark P Little, Alice J Sigurdson, Mary K Schubauer-Berigan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the association of breast cancer incidence with cosmic radiation dose and circadian rhythm disruption in a cohort of 6093 US female flight attendants. METHODS: The association of breast cancer risk with cumulative cosmic radiation dose, time spent working during the standard sleep interval, and time zones crossed (all lagged by ten years), adjusted for non-occupational breast cancer risk factors, was evaluated using Cox regression...
August 23, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Bram Bi Fleuren, Andries de Grip, Nicole Wh Jansen, Imjert Kant, Fred Rh Zijlstra
Sustainable employability (SE) is an important topic as it deals with employees' abilities to function adequately at work and in the labor market throughout their working lives. However, until now there has been only one attempt to define SE in the international literature (1). This first definition is a valuable contribution to the field as it rightfully describes SE as a multidimensional concept, recognizes the importance of both employee and work characteristics, and acknowledges the inherently longitudinal nature of SE...
August 22, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Guus Panken, Trynke Hoekstra, Arianne Verhagen, Maurits van Tulder, Jos Twisk, Martijn W Heymans
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to (i) identify subpopulations of patients in an occupational setting who will still have or develop chronic low-back pain (LBP) and (ii) evaluate a previously developed prediction model based on the determined subpopulations. METHOD: In this prospective cohort, study data were analyzed from three merged randomized controlled trials, conducted in an occupational setting (N=622). Latent class growth analysis (LCGA) was used to distinguish patients with a different course of pain intensity measured over 12 months...
August 15, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Wei Zhang, Christopher McLeod, Mieke Koehoorn
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to measure and compare the relationship between chronic diseases and the number of absent workdays due to health problems and the associated costs among working Canadians. METHODS: The study sample included respondents to the 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey between aged 15-75 years who reported employment in the past three months. Respondents reported their number of absent workdays due to health problems and chronic conditions...
September 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Anne Juvani, Tuula Oksanen, Marianna Virtanen, Marko Elovainio, Paula Salo, Jaana Pentti, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera
OBJECTIVES: Work-related stress has been linked to increased risk of disability pensioning, but the association between perceived justice of managerial behavior and decision-making processes at the workplace (ie, organizational justice) and risk of disability pensioning remains unknown. We examined the associations of organizational justice and its relational and procedural components with all-cause and diagnosis-specific disability pensions with repeated measures of justice. METHODS: Data from 24 895 employees responding to repeated surveys on organizational justice in 2000-2002 and 2004 were linked to the records of a national register for disability pensions from 2005-2011...
September 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Beata Peplonska, Agnieszka Bukowska, Jenny Anne Lie, Jolanta Gromadzinska, Shanbeh Zienolddiny
OBJECTIVES: The aims of our study were to (i) investigate the association between rotating night shift work and blood concentrations of estradiol, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and (2) evaluate the role of their non-occupational determinants. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 345 premenopausal and 187 postmenopausal nurses and midwives (263 women working rotating night shifts and 269 women working during days). Data from in-person interviews were used, anthropometric measurements were performed, and body mass index (BMI) and waist- to-hip ratio were calculated...
September 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Aolin Wang, Onyebuchi A Arah, Jussi Kauhanen, Niklas Krause
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to disentangle the interplay between occupational physical activity (OPA) and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in affecting cardiovascular health by examining: (i) interactions between OPA and LTPA and their combined effect on 20-year incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and (ii) the effect of OPA on AMI that is mediated through LTPA. METHODS: We analyzed data on 1891 men, aged 42-60 years at baseline, from the prospective Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study...
September 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Morten Birkeland Nielsen, Anne-Marthe Rustad Indregard, Simon Øverland
OBJECTIVE: The association between workplace bullying and sickness absence remains unclear. This paper presents a systematic review and meta-analysis of research on the association. METHOD: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published primary studies on workplace bullying and sickness absence. Studies based on prospective design or registry data on sickness absence were included. Cross-sectional studies with self-reported sickness absence were excluded...
September 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
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