Occupational health

Section edited by Isabelle Niedhammer and Youcheng Liu

This section aims to publish studies on the occupational correlates of health and disease.

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  1. Research article

    A qualitative exploration of work-related head injury: vulnerability at the intersection of workers’ decision making and organizational values

    Work-related head injury is a critical public health issue due to its rising prevalence; the association with profound disruption of workers’ lives; and significant economic burdens in terms of medical costs a...

    P. Kontos, A. Grigorovich, B. Nowrouzi, B. Sharma, J. Lewko, T. Mollayeva and A. Colantonio

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:824

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Occupational blood exposures in health care workers: incidence, characteristics, and transmission of bloodborne pathogens in South Korea

    Health care workers (HCWs) are at high risk for occupational blood exposures (OBEs) and transmission of bloodborne pathogens. This study elucidated the incidence rate and epidemiological characteristics of OBE...

    Ju Hyun Lee, Junhyeon Cho, Yung Jung Kim, Sang Hyuk Im, Eun Sun Jang, Jin-Wook Kim, Hong Bin Kim and Sook-Hyang Jeong

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:827

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  3. Research article

    Working people with type 1 diabetes in the Finnish population

    The incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing worldwide. Since so little is known about work life of individuals with type 1 diabetes, we examined incidence and prevalence trends of type 1 diabetes among work...

    Pirjo Hakkarainen, Reijo Sund, Martti Arffman, Sari Koski, Vilma Hänninen, Leena Moilanen and Kimmo Räsänen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:805

    Published on: 12 October 2017

  4. Research article

    Positive experiences of a vocational rehabilitation intervention for individuals on long-term sick leave, the Dirigo project: a qualitative study

    The process of returning to work after long-term sick leave can sometimes be complex. Many factors, (e.g. cooperation between different authorities and the individual as well as individual factors such as heal...

    Åsa Andersén, Christian Ståhl, Ingrid Anderzén, Per Kristiansson and Kjerstin Larsson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:790

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  5. Research article

    A global survey on occupational health services in selected international commission on occupational health (ICOH) member countries

    The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), and the European Union ...

    Jorma Rantanen, Suvi Lehtinen, Antonio Valenti and Sergio Iavicoli

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:787

    Published on: 5 October 2017

  6. Research article

    Evaluation of a randomized controlled trial on the effect on return to work with coaching combined with light therapy and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for workers with work-related chronic stress

    Chronic work-related stress is quite prevalent in the working population and is in some cases accompanied by long-term sick leave. These stress complaints highly impact employees and are costly due to lost pro...

    Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Antonius M.C. Schoutens, Monique H.W. Frings-Dresen and Judith K. Sluiter

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:761

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  7. Research article

    Risk of psychological ill health and methods of organisational downsizing: a cross-sectional survey in four European countries

    The manner in which organizational downsizing is implemented can make a substantial difference as to whether the exposed workers will suffer from psychological ill health. Surprisingly, little research has dir...

    Elena Andreeva, M. Harvey Brenner, Töres Theorell and Marcel Goldberg

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:758

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  8. Research article

    Workplace sexual harassment and depressive symptoms: a cross-sectional multilevel analysis comparing harassment from clients or customers to harassment from other employees amongst 7603 Danish employees from 1041 organizations

    Previous research has reported that sexual harassment can lead to reduced mental health. Few studies have focused on sexual harassment conducted by clients or customers, which might occur in person-related occ...

    Maria K. Friborg, Jørgen V. Hansen, Per T. Aldrich, Anna P. Folker, Susie Kjær, Maj Britt D. Nielsen, Reiner Rugulies and Ida E. H. Madsen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:675

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Healthcare waste management practices and safety indicators in Nigeria

    Adequate management of healthcare waste (HCW) is a prerequisite for efficient delivery of healthcare services. In Nigeria, there are several constraints militating against proper management of HCW. This is rai...

    Abayomi Samuel Oyekale and Tolulope Olayemi Oyekale

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:740

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  10. Study protocol

    Evaluation of caregiver-friendly workplace policy (CFWPs) interventions on the health of full-time caregiver employees (CEs): implementation and cost-benefit analysis

    Current Canadian evidence illustrating the health benefits and cost-effectiveness of caregiver-friendly workplace policies is needed if Canadian employers are to adopt and integrate caregiver-friendly workplac...

    Allison M. Williams, Emile Tompa, Donna S. Lero, Janet Fast, Amin Yazdani and Isik U. Zeytinoglu

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:728

    Published on: 20 September 2017

  11. Research article

    The associations between workplace bullying, salivary cortisol, and long-term sickness absence: a longitudinal study

    Workplace stressors, such as bullying, are strongly related to subsequent long-term sickness absence, but little is known of the possible physiological mechanisms linking workplace stressors and sickness absen...

    Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen, Theis Lange, Paul Maurice Conway, Jens Peter Bonde, Anne Helene Garde, Maria Gullander, Linda Kaerlev, Roger Persson, Reiner Rugulies, Marianne Agergaard Vammen, Annie Høgh and Åse Marie Hansen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:710

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  12. Research article

    Why older workers work beyond the retirement age: a qualitative study

    The aims of the present study were to: 1) gain insight into reasons for working beyond the statutory retirement age from older workers’ perspectives, and 2) explore how the domains of the research framework St...

    Ranu Sewdas, Astrid de Wind, Lennart G.L. van der Zwaan, Wieke E. van der Borg, Romy Steenbeek, Allard J. van der Beek and Cécile R.L. Boot

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:672

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Occupational class differences in diagnostic-specific sickness absence: a register-based study in the Finnish population, 2005–2014

    Musculoskeletal diseases and mental disorders are major causes of long-term sickness absence in Western countries. Although sickness absence is generally more common in lower occupational classes, little is kn...

    Johanna Pekkala, Jenni Blomgren, Olli Pietiläinen, Eero Lahelma and Ossi Rahkonen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:670

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  14. Research article

    Cancer and heart attack survivors’ expectations of employment status: results from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

    Sociodemographic, health- and work-related factors have been found to influence return to work in cancer survivors. It is feasible though that behavioural factors, such as expectation of being at work, could a...

    Saskia F. A. Duijts, Allard J. van der Beek, Eveline M. A. Bleiker, Lee Smith and Jane Wardle

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:640

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  15. Research article

    Public health implications of changing patterns of recruitment into the South African mining industry, 1973–2012: a database analysis

    The triple epidemic of silicosis, tuberculosis and HIV infection among migrant miners from South Africa and neighbouring countries who have worked in the South African mining industry is currently the target o...

    Rodney Ehrlich, Alex Montgomery, Paula Akugizibwe and Gregg Gonsalves

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:93

    Published on: 3 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  16. Research article

    Caregiving burden and depression in paid caregivers of hospitalized patients: a pilot study in China

    Caregiving burden and depression in family caregivers have been investigated, but little is known about how they affect paid caregivers. The aim of this study was to investigate caregiving burden and depressio...

    Yao-Dan Liang, Ya-Li Wang, Zhi Li, Li He, Ying Xu, Qing Zhang, Gui-Ying You and Xu-Hua Mi

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:53

    Published on: 25 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  17. Research article

    Predictors of return to work among patients in treatment for common mental disorders: a pre-post study

    Effects of return to work (RTW) interventions vary, and more knowledge is needed about the factors that contribute to RTW. This study investigated changes in work participation and mental health, and predictor...

    Mattias Victor, Bjørn Lau and Torleif Ruud

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:27

    Published on: 18 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  18. Research article

    Illegal gold miners in French Guiana: a neglected population with poor health

    In French Guiana, a French overseas territory in South America, 6 to 10 thousands undocumented persons work illegally in gold mining sites in the Amazonian forest. Precarious life conditions lead to poor healt...

    Maylis Douine, Emilie Mosnier, Quentin Le Hingrat, Charlotte Charpentier, Florine Corlin, Louise Hureau, Antoine Adenis, Yassamine Lazrek, Florence Niemetsky, Anne-Laure Aucouturier, Magalie Demar, Lise Musset and Mathieu Nacher

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:23

    Published on: 17 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  19. Study protocol

    Stress Prevention@Work: a study protocol for the evaluation of a multifaceted integral stress prevention strategy to prevent employee stress in a healthcare organization: a cluster controlled trial

    Adequate implementation of work-related stress management interventions can reduce or prevent work-related stress and sick leave in organizations. We developed a multifaceted integral stress-prevention strateg...

    Rianne J. A. Hoek, Bo M. Havermans, Irene L. D. Houtman, Evelien P. M. Brouwers, Yvonne F. Heerkens, Moniek C. Zijlstra-Vlasveld, Johannes R. Anema, Allard J. van der Beek and Cécile R. L. Boot

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:26

    Published on: 17 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

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