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Occupational health

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


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  1. In China, long working hours and insomnia are relatively common among internet company employees. Considering that both can affect mental health, we examined their independent and interaction effects on these ...

    Authors: Xiaoman Liu, Chao Wang, Jin Wang, Yuqing Ji and Shuang Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1408

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  2. The negative effect of unfavorable working conditions and long-term work stress on health has been demonstrated in previous research. To address these challenges, systematic approaches such as psychosocial ris...

    Authors: Valeria Pavlista, Peter Angerer and Mathias Diebig

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1376

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  3. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), a common type of occupational diseases, have become the main cause of absenteeism and early retirement in the occupational population, as well as a major risk factor for occup...

    Authors: Xue Li, Xu Yang, Xuemei Sun, Qiaoyun Xue, Xiaofan Ma and Jiwen Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1327

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  4. Healthcare workers have a 16 times greater risk of suffering workplace violence than workers in other sectors and around 50% experience workplace violence in the course of their career. The objective of this s...

    Authors: Liliana Lorettu, Alessandra M. A. Nivoli, Irma Daga, Paolo Milia, Cristiano Depalmas, Giancarlo Nivoli and Saverio Bellizzi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1318

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  5. Little is known about the relationship between shift work and perceived health, including potential underlying mechanisms such as unhealthy behaviors. The aim of this study was to investigate whether unhealthy...

    Authors: Karin I. Proper, Eva Jaarsma, Suzan J. W. Robroek, Jolinda L. D. Schram, Hendriek Boshuizen, H. Susan J. Picavet, W. M. Monique Verschuren and Sandra H. van Oostrom

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1300

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  6. The perspectives of low-educated employees are often neglected when designing sustainable employability (SE) interventions. As a result, the interventions offered by the employer do often not align with the ne...

    Authors: Emmelie Hazelzet, Inge Houkes, Hans Bosma and Angelique de Rijk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1259

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  7. Work-life balance (WLB) is the extent to which individual’s multiple life roles and demands carry over between each role. WLB can be divided into work interference with personal life (WIPL) and personal life i...

    Authors: Erik Berglund, Ingrid Anderzén, Åsa Andersén and Per Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1212

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  8. Common mental disorders are one of the leading causes for sickness absence and early retirement due to reduced health. Furthermore, a treatment gap for common mental disorders has been described worldwide. Wit...

    Authors: Jeannette Weber, Peter Angerer, Lorena Brenner, Jolanda Brezinski, Sophia Chrysanthou, Yesim Erim, Manuel Feißt, Marieke Hansmann, Sinja Hondong, Franziska Maria Kessemeier, Reinhold Kilian, Christina Klose, Volker Köllner, Fiona Kohl, Regina Krisam, Christoph Kröger…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1187

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Alternative duty work is a procedure that enables an employee with a short-term disability to perform modified duties as an alternative to sickness absence. We examined whether the implementation of an alterna...

    Authors: Pauliina Mattila-Holappa, Johanna Kausto, Ville Aalto, Leena Kaila-Kangas, Mika Kivimäki, Tuula Oksanen and Jenni Ervasti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1154

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  10. The workplace has been identified as a priority setting for health promotion. There are potential advantages of systematically integrating Occupational Health Management (OHM) and Corporate Social Responsibili...

    Authors: Eva Kuhn, Sebastian Müller, Christoph Teusch, Grit Tanner, Marlies Schümann, Carolin Baur, Eva Bamberg, Ludger Heidbrink, Stuart McLennan and Alena Buyx

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1042

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  11. While the association between occupational inhalation of silica dust and pulmonary tuberculosis has been known for over a century, there has never been a published systematic review, particularly of experience...

    Authors: Rodney Ehrlich, Paula Akugizibwe, Nandi Siegfried and David Rees

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:953

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  12. Like many developing countries, Thailand has experienced a rapid rise in obesity, accompanied by a rapid change in occupational structure. It is plausible that these two trends are related, with movement into ...

    Authors: Jongjit Rittirong, John Bryant, Wichai Aekplakorn, Aree Prohmmo and Malee Sunpuwan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:914

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  13. Social relationships are crucial for well-being and health, and considerable research has established social stressors as a risk for well-being and health. However, researchers have used many different constru...

    Authors: Christin Gerhardt, Norbert K. Semmer, Sabine Sauter, Alexandra Walker, Nathal de Wijn, Wolfgang Kälin, Maria U. Kottwitz, Bernd Kersten, Benjamin Ulrich and Achim Elfering

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:890

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  14. Although the workers in many occupations are at the greatest risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 due to assembling and contacting people, the owners of these occupations do not follow COVID-19 health instr...

    Authors: Neda SoleimanvandiAzar, Seyed Fahim Irandoost, Sina Ahmadi, Tareq Xosravi, Hadi Ranjbar, Morteza Mansourian and Javad Yoosefi Lebni

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:848

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  15. Work resumption is a big challenge in the rehabilitation process for individuals with whiplash-associated disorders (WAD). To better meet the needs of individuals with WAD in their return to work process, more...

    Authors: A. Peolsson, A. Hermansen, G. Peterson and E. Nilsing Strid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:785

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  16. Offshore workers are assumed to have poor health behaviours, but no studies have yet examined physical activity (PA) during a full offshore shift rotation period, including both work and at home periods. Furth...

    Authors: P. Ots, V. Riethmeister, J. Almansa, U. Bültmann and S. Brouwer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:743

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  17. Part-time sick leave (PTSL) where sick-listed individuals work a percentage corresponding to their remaining work capabilities is often used to promote return to work. The effects of PTSL are uncertain due to ...

    Authors: Martin Inge Standal, Odin Hjemdal, Lene Aasdahl, Vegard Stolsmo Foldal, Roar Johnsen, Egil Andreas Fors and Roger Hagen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:732

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  18. Rates of skin cancer in Australia are amongst the highest in the world, with Western New South Wales (NSW) exhibiting very high prevalence. There is a large proportion of outdoor workers, including farmers, in...

    Authors: Charmaine D’Souza, Nikitha Kramadhari, Elizabeth Skalkos, Tegan Dutton and Jannine Bailey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:731

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  19. Since 2004, Brazil has had a national policy for occupational health and safety. This policy means companies’ tax burden is altered according to the numbers of work-related accidents and ill-health amongst the...

    Authors: Helena Eri Shimizu, Josierton Cruz Bezerra, Luciano José Arantes, Edgar Merchán-Hamann and Walter Ramalho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:725

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  20. Heavy occupational lifting is prevalent in the general working population and is sparsely reported to associate with hypertension, especially among older and hypertensive workers. We investigated if heavy occu...

    Authors: Mette Korshøj, Harald Hannerz, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Jacob L. Marott, Peter Schnohr, Els Clays and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:721

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  21. Both the presence of psychological problems and the absence of an employment contract are related to long-term sickness absence, prolonged work disability and unemployment. Studies researching the effectivenes...

    Authors: Selwin S. Audhoe, Jan L. Hoving, Bonne J. H. Zijlstra, Monique H. W. Frings-Dresen and Karen Nieuwenhuijsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:698

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  22. The stay-at-home orders imposed in early April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in various states complicated mosquito control activities across the United States (US), and Florida was no exception. Mosquito ...

    Authors: Imelda K. Moise, Lola R. Ortiz-Whittingham, Vincent Omachonu, Marah Clark and Rui-De Xue

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:687

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  23. Developmental policies in low- and middle-income countries pose immense potential within the agriculture sectors to escalate economic growth and development. Almost one-half of the workforces continue to be en...

    Authors: Smita, Sunil Rajpal, Shiau-Yun Lu and William Joe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:681

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  24. Airborne dusts are being potentially harmful for workers in occupational environment. Exposure to respirable dust is the most important concern in textile workers for the widespread of occupational lung diseas...

    Authors: Thet Wai Oo, Mya Thandar, Ye Minn Htun, Pa Pa Soe, Thant Zaw Lwin, Kyaw Myo Tun and Zaw Myo Han

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:673

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  25. Supporting employees with chronic conditions can prevent work-related problems and facilitate sustainable employment. Various stakeholders are involved in providing support to these employees. Understanding th...

    Authors: A. R. Bosma, C. R. L. Boot, N. C. Snippen, F. G. Schaafsma and J. R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:592

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  26. Mobility of workers living in one country and working in a different country has increased in the European Union. Exposed to commuting factors, cross-border workers (CBWs) constitute a potential high-risk popu...

    Authors: Lucas Nonnenmacher, Michèle Baumann, Etienne le Bihan, Philippe Askenazy and Louis Chauvel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:588

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  27. Impaired work ability and reduced life satisfaction due to long-term musculoskeletal pain, particularly in neck, shoulders and back, are considered occupational health problems that can result in workers takin...

    Authors: Mamunur Rashid, Marina Heiden, Annika Nilsson and Marja-Leena Kristofferzon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:584

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  28. Occupational stress is a global health problem which affects employed personals especially health professionals. The burden of stress is not limited at individual level, but also affects the organizations prod...

    Authors: Bekahegn Girma, Jemberu Nigussie, Alemayehu Molla and Moges Mareg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:539

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  29. Long-term sick leave due to common mental disorders (CMDs) is a great burden in society today, especially among women. A strong intention to return to work (RTW) as well as symptom relief may facilitate RTW in...

    Authors: Åsa Hedlund, Marja-Leena Kristofferzon, Eva Boman and Annika Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:535

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  30. Leaders in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are exposed to increased stress as a result of a range of challenges. Moreover, they rarely have the opportunity to participate in stress management trainin...

    Authors: J. A. M. Lehmann, E. Schwarz, Z. Rahmani Azad, S. Gritzka, T. Seifried-Dübon, M. Diebig, M. Gast, R. Kilian, U. Nater, M. Jarczok, F. Kessemeier, S. Braun, E. Balint, E. Rothermund, F. Junne, P. Angerer…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:468

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  31. We investigated the health status of some workers exposed to occupational noise in Xinjiang, and explored the influencing factors of their health level. We aimed to determine the key protection groups of occup...

    Authors: Shiyu Zhao, Dongkui He, Hanwei Zhang, Tingting Hou, Chengxin Yang, Wen Ding and Ping He

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:460

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  32. India is currently facing a rising epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Identification of modifiable risk factors is of paramount importance to curb this menace. Fishermen are one of the most vulnerab...

    Authors: Akhila Doddamani, A. B. Kirthinath Ballala, Sharath P. Madhyastha, Asha Kamath and Muralidhar M. Kulkarni

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:414

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  33. Understanding the relationship between occupation and alcohol use offers opportunities to provide health promotion programmes based on evidence of need. We aimed to determine associations between occupation an...

    Authors: Andrew Thompson and Munir Pirmohamed

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:190

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  34. Being gifted with a very high IQ (> 98 percentile) can provide an advantage in the occupational context but can also come with its` own specific challenges. Where some studies found higher than average levels ...

    Authors: Patricia A.J. van Casteren, Jan Meerman, Evelien P.M. Brouwers, Arno van Dam and Jac J.L. van der Klink

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:392

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  35. Sedentary Behaviour (SB) gets an increasing attention from ergonomics and public health due to its associated detrimental health effects. A large number of studies record SB with ActiGraph counts-per-minute cu...

    Authors: Roman P. Kuster, Maria Hagströmer, Daniel Baumgartner and Wilhelmus J. A. Grooten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:345

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  36. While poor mental health and psychiatric disorders attributed to stressful work conditions are a public health concern in many countries, the health consequences of the occupational stress experienced by schoo...

    Authors: Roger Persson, Ulf Leo, Inger Arvidsson, Carita Håkansson, Kerstin Nilsson and Kai Österberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:331

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  37. Violence against healthcare personnel is a major public health problem. Healthcare personnel are at the frontline dealing with people in stressful and unpredictable situations. Therefore, this study was conduc...

    Authors: Muhammad Naseem Khan, Zia Ul Haq, Mirwais Khan, Sadia Wali, Faryal Baddia, Shaista Rasul, Salman Khan, Maciej Polkowski and Jessica Yohana Ramirez-Mendoza

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:330

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  38. Work participation is an important determinant of public health; being unemployed leads to a decrease in an individual’s health. In the Netherlands, people with a work disability can apply for disability benef...

    Authors: Marloes Vooijs, Nicole M. C. van Kesteren, Astrid M. Hazelzet and Wilma Otten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:325

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  39. Noise pollution in coal mines is of great concern. Personal injuries directly or indirectly related to noise occur from time to time. Its effects impact the health and safety of coal mine workers. This study a...

    Authors: Jing Li, Yaru Qin, Lei Yang, Zhen Wang, Ke Han and Cheng Guan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:324

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  40. More than half of adolescents have jobs in summer or sometime during the year. While employers are ultimately responsible for their safety, parents are often important in helping their children navigate the wo...

    Authors: Viswanathan Shankar, Carol W. Runyan, Scott B. Harpin and John Lewko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:323

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  41. Wood dust in a form of inhalable particulates can penetrate the lung tissues and affect respiratory health. Woodwork factory workers are at a greater risk of developing respiratory health problems because of e...

    Authors: Tegegnework Yitayew Awoke, Abera Kumie Takele, Worku Tefera Mekonnen, Samson Wakuma Abaya, Yifokire Tefera Zele, Embay Amare Alemseged and Bezayit Girma Abay

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:309

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  42. An indicated prevention strategy (IPS), consisting of a screening questionnaire and early treatment, was found to be effective for the prevention of future long-term sickness absence (LTSA) in two large Dutch ...

    Authors: Sophie H. Klasen, Ludovic G. P. M. van Amelsvoort, Inge Houkes, Nicole W. H. Jansen and IJmert Kant

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:289

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:382

  43. Throughout the United States, low-wage, minority workers are disproportionately affected by occupational illnesses and injuries. Chronic exposure to hazardous chemicals at work can lead to serious illnesses, c...

    Authors: Amanda A. Lee, Maia Ingram, Carolina Quijada, Andres Yubeta, Imelda Cortez, Nathan Lothrop and Paloma Beamer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:271

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  44. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is highly fatal to humans and an acute viral disease. The CCHF disease has been reported in occupations such as butchers, slaughterhouse butchers and workers. The aim of ...

    Authors: Davoud Adham, Malek Abazari, Eslam Moradi-Asl and Abbas Abbasi-Ghahramanloo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:255

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  45. Over the last decade, flower farms have been rapidly growing in Ethiopia. Following the advent and development of the sector, various work-related chemical, biological, physical, psychosocial, and ergonomic ha...

    Authors: Debela Hinsermu Geleta, Mekuriaw Alemayehu, Geta Asrade and Tesfaye Hambisa Mekonnen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:232

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  46. Health care personnel (HCP) who demonstrated close contact with Corona virus disease (COVID-19) patients might experience a higher risk of infection and psychological problems. This study aims to explore depre...

    Authors: Deni Kurniadi Sunjaya, Dewi Marhaeni Diah Herawati and Adiatma Y. M. Siregar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:227

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  47. Particulate matter (PM) exposure is an important health risk, both in daily life and in the workplace. It causes respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and results in 800,000 premature deaths per year worldwi...

    Authors: T. A. M. Stege, J. F. B. Bolte, L. Claassen and D. R. M. Timmermans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:198

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