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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. 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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  2. Healthcare workers, who protect and improve the health of individuals, are critical to the success of health systems and achieving national and global health goals. To respond effectively to the healthcare nee...

    Authors: Jingjing Ge, Jing He, Yan Liu, Juying Zhang, Jingping Pan, Xueli Zhang and Danping Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:195

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  3. Exposure to pesticides with its associated effects prenatally and in early childhood has not received much attention. There is little scientific data on this aspect in Tanzania therefore this study was meant t...

    Authors: Peter M. Chilipweli, Aiwerasia Vera Ngowi and Karim Manji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:171

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  4. In Japan, 55.5% of breast cancer survivors (BCSs) are of working age, so various perspectives regarding return to work (RTW) after cancer diagnosis need to be considered. Therefore, this study aimed to clarify...

    Authors: Kiyomi Mitsui, Motoki Endo, Yuya Imai, Yuito Ueda, Hiroko Ogawa, Go Muto, Yan Yan, Gautam A. Deshpande, Yasuhisa Terao, Satoru Takeda, Takeshi Tanigawa, Katsuji Nishimura, Kazuhiko Hayashi, Mitsue Saito and Akatsuki Kokaze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:138

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  5. Public health workers at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and primary health care institutes (PHIs) were among the main workers who implemented prevention, control, and contain...

    Authors: Jinghua Li, Jingdong Xu, Huan Zhou, Hua You, Xiaohui Wang, Yan Li, Yuan Liang, Shan Li, Lina Ma, Jing Zeng, Huanle Cai, Jinzhao Xie, Chenghao Pan, Chun Hao, Stuart Gilmour, Joseph Tak-fai Lau…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:106

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  6. Obesity at the workplace has been associated with symptoms of lower self-esteem, increased individual and employer healthcare costs, increased absenteeism and presenteeism and reduced productivity. Therefore, ...

    Authors: Mariam John Munyogwa, Kaloli Sayi Ntalima and Secilia Ng’weshemi Kapalata

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:97

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  7. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common cause of pain, numbness and tingling in the wrist and hand region and is associated with repetitive wrist and hand use in office workers. However, scarce knowledge exis...

    Authors: Beibei Feng, Kedi Chen, Xiaoxia Zhu, Wing-Yuk Ip, Lars L. Andersen, Phil Page and Yuling Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:57

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  8. Estimates of the economic burden of work injuries and diseases can help policymakers prioritize occupational health and safety policies and interventions in order to best allocate scarce resources. Several att...

    Authors: Emile Tompa, Amirabbas Mofidi, Swenneke van den Heuvel, Thijmen van Bree, Frithjof Michaelsen, Young Jung, Lukas Porsch and Martijn van Emmerik

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:49

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  9. Exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) remains a leading occupational hazard in firefighters, but cigarette and waterpipe smoking likely contributes to the other sources of CO in such workers. The aim of this study ...

    Authors: Denis Vinnikov, Zhangir Tulekov, Zhanna Romanova, Ilya Krugovykh and Paul D. Blanc

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1894

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  10. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome continues to rise sharply worldwide, seriously threatening people’s health. The optimal model can be used to identify people at high risk of metabolic syndrome as early as ...

    Authors: Jie Wang, Chao Li, Jing Li, Sheng Qin, Chunlei Liu, Jiaojiao Wang, Zhe Chen, Jianhui Wu and Guoli Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1828

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  11. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in changes to the working arrangements of millions of employees who are now based at home and may continue to work at home, in some capacity, for the foreseeabl...

    Authors: Jodi Oakman, Natasha Kinsman, Rwth Stuckey, Melissa Graham and Victoria Weale

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1825

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  12. Leg pain, especially of the knees and hips, is common among senior workers and may limit the ability to perform physically demanding work. In light of the aging workforce, this study determined the joint assoc...

    Authors: Sebastian Venge Skovlund, Rúni Bláfoss, Emil Sundstrup, Kristina Thomassen and Lars L. Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1741

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  13. The changing landscape of the work environment, which often encompasses expectations of employees being continuously available, makes it difficult to disengage from work and recover. This can have a negative i...

    Authors: Sara Tement, Saša Zorjan, Meta Lavrič, Vita Poštuvan and Nejc Plohl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1708

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Hypertension has been declared as a global public health crisis by the World Health Organization, because of its high prevalence. It affects the health of one billion people worldwide and is directly responsib...

    Authors: Yaoqin Lu, Huan Yan, Jiandong Yang and Jiwen Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1675

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  15. Work-related stress and its detrimental effects on human health have rapidly increased during the past several years. It causes many different stress reactions, related diseases and unhealthy behavior among wo...

    Authors: Ozlem Koseoglu Ornek and Melek Nihal Esin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1658

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  16. Law enforcement personnel have been recognized as having a high risk for several lifestyle-related health conditions which, in combination with the nature of their work (sedentary roles interspersed with inter...

    Authors: Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders, Charlene Matthews, Joe Dulla and Robin Orr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1638

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  17. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the workload and mental health of Iranian medical staff using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and NASA -Task Load Index (NAS...

    Authors: Esmail Shoja, Vahideh Aghamohammadi, Hadi Bazyar, Hamed Rezakhani Moghaddam, Khadijeh Nasiri, Mohammad Dashti, Ali Choupani, Masoumeh Garaee, Shafagh Aliasgharzadeh and Amin Asgari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1636

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  18. Cognitions and perceptions, such as motivation and return to work (RTW) expectations, can influence work participation of employees with chronic health problems. This makes these cognitions and perceptions imp...

    Authors: Mariska De Wit, Bedra Horreh, Joost G. Daams, Carel T. J. Hulshof, Haije Wind and Angela G. E. M. de Boer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1610

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  19. The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC2006) entered into force in August 2013 and is a milestone for better working and living conditions (WLC) for seafarers. As of March 2020, 96 countries have ratified th...

    Authors: Marina Liselotte Fotteler, Despena Andrioti Bygvraa and Olaf Chresten Jensen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1586

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  20. The growing incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to cause fear, anxiety, and panic amongst the community, especially for healthcare providers (HCPs), as the most vulnerable group at risk of contractin...

    Authors: Gamil Ghaleb Alrubaiee, Talal Ali Hussein Al-Qalah and Mohammed Sadeg A. Al-Aawar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1541

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  21. To investigate whether the clustering of different health behaviours (i.e. physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption) influences the associations between psychosocial working conditions and disabi...

    Authors: Annina Ropponen, Jurgita Narusyte, Karri Silventoinen and Pia Svedberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1507

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  22. The majority of Western women work during their reproductive years, but past research has often neglected the influence of work-related factors on postpartum mental health. Especially postpartum depression (PP...

    Authors: Marlene Karl, Ronja Schaber, Victoria Kress, Marie Kopp, Julia Martini, Kerstin Weidner and Susan Garthus-Niegel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1505

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  23. Most U.S. studies on workforce preparedness have a narrow scope, focusing primarily on perceptions of clinical staff in a single hospital and for one type of disaster. In contrast, this study compares the perc...

    Authors: Aram Dobalian, Michelle D. Balut and Claudia Der-Martirosian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1501

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  24. Healthcare facilities are notorious for occupational health and safety problems. Multi-level interventions are needed to address interacting exposures and their overlapping origins in work organization feature...

    Authors: Laura Punnett, Suzanne Nobrega, Yuan Zhang, Serena Rice, Rebecca Gore and Alicia Kurowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1463

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  25. This study investigates whether a typology of work exposure can be established among older workers in Germany. Work exposure comprises physical work, working time quality, work intensity, skills & discretion, ...

    Authors: Hans Martin Hasselhorn, Michael Stiller, Jean-Baptist du Prel and Melanie Ebener

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1452

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  26. Many studies have shown that work stressors have a negative impact on health. It is therefore important to gain an understanding of how work stressors can be reduced. Recent studies have shown that employees i...

    Authors: T. Lunau, M. Wahrendorf, N. Dragano, J. Siegrist, K. A. van der Wel and M. Rigó

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1377

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2020 20:1572

  27. Acid mist can suspend in the air and enter the body via skin contact, the respiratory tract, or even oral intake, which pose various health hazards. Previous studies have shown that occupational exposure to ac...

    Authors: Wei-Liang Chen, Yuan-Yuei Chen, Wei-Te Wu, Ching-Huang Lai, Yu-Shan Sun and Chung-Ching Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1371

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  28. Few studies have examined cold-related symptoms among cold workplace workers in Thailand. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of cold-related cardiorespiratory, circulatory, and general symptoms and p...

    Authors: Nipaporn Auttanate, Chotirot Chotiphan, Suchinda Jarupat Maruo, Simo Näyhä, Kirsi Jussila, Sirkka Rissanen, Penpatra Sripaiboonkij, Tiina M. Ikäheimo, Jouni J. K. Jaakkola and Wantanee Phanprasit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1357

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  29. Students, staff, and faculties are involved in activities that exposed them to a range of minor to severe or even fatal accidents in academic settings. Managing work environment risks is crucial to any safety ...

    Authors: Alireza Dehdashti, Farin Fatemi, Muhammadreza Jannati, Fatemeh Asadi and Marzieh Belji Kangarloo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1328

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  30. Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are a leading cause of reduced work functioning. It is not known which factors are associated with reduced work functioning in people with moderate MUPS. Insight ...

    Authors: Mark L. van Tilburg, Paula Elisabeth van Westrienen and Martijn F. Pisters

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1316

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  31. Previous studies have focused on the relationship between employment pathways and health-related outcomes based on cross-sectional or longitudinal approaches. However, little is known about the cumulative effe...

    Authors: Julio C. Hernando-Rodriguez, Laura Serra, Fernando G. Benavides and Monica Ubalde-Lopez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1306

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2020 20:1493

  32. In the present investigation the study protocol and the results at baseline of a workplace intervention are reported. It is hypothesised that the reduction of the physical and psychosocial workload of healthca...

    Authors: Diego Montano, Marco Kuchenbaur, Heinrich Geissler and Richard Peter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1281

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  33. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) caused by occupational-related factors continue to place huge burdens on global workforces. Significant numbers of workers report potential adverse health outcomes related to th...

    Authors: Tesfaye Hambisa Mekonnen, Dawit Getachew Yenealem and Demiss Mulatu Geberu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1265

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  34. Epidemics or pandemics, such as the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, pose unique challenges to healthcare professionals (HCPs). Caring for patients during an epidemic/pandemic may impact neg...

    Authors: Suzannah Stuijfzand, Camille Deforges, Vania Sandoz, Consuela-Thais Sajin, Cecile Jaques, Jolanda Elmers and Antje Horsch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1230

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  35. A sizeable body of research has demonstrated a relationship between organizational change and increased sickness absence. However, fewer studies have investigated what factors might mitigate this relationship....

    Authors: Anniken Grønstad, Lars Erik Kjekshus, Trond Tjerbo and Vilde Hoff Bernstrøm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1218

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  36. To identify if e-cigarette usage is an on-campus problem for secondary schools and evaluate initial school survey responses. More specifically, this survey can aid in identifying where students are seen using ...

    Authors: Maryanne L. Fakeh Campbell, Andrew Sansone, Lauren N. Gonzalez, Kevin R. J. Schroth and Derek G. Shendell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1215

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  37. Multicomponent workplace-based interventions aimed at reducing sitting time among office workers are becoming increasingly popular. ‘Take a Stand!’ was such an intervention, reducing sitting time by 71 min aft...

    Authors: Ida H. Danquah, Stine Kloster and Janne S. Tolstrup

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1209

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  38. The petrochemical industry is hazardous, in part because of the inherently dangerous nature of the work conducted, and incidents frequently result in significant financial and social losses. The most common im...

    Authors: Azita Zahiri Harsini, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Hormoz Sanaeinasab, Farkhondeh Amin Shokravi, Philip Bohle and Lynda R. Matthews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1192

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  39. The study objective was to evaluate the impact of a population-level intervention (the IA Agreement) on the of one-year risk for long-term sickness absence spells (LSAS) among young and middle aged workers in ...

    Authors: Therese N. Hanvold, Petter Kristensen, Karina Corbett, Rachel L. Hasting and Ingrid S. Mehlum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1157

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  40. The unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, nature of the occupation exposes officers to both acute and chronic stress over law enforcement officers’ (LEO)  tenure. The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) De...

    Authors: Katelyn K. Jetelina, Alaina M. Beauchamp, Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, Rebecca J. Molsberry, Stephen A. Bishopp and Simon Craddock Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1137

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  41. Benzene, an important component of organic solvents, is commonly used in industry. Meanwhile, benzene is a human carcinogen leading to leukemia. Although the links between benzene and various types of genetic ...

    Authors: Yanhua Zhou, Kun Wang, Boshen Wang, Yuepu Pu and Juan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1113

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  42. Breast cancer represented the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Japan. Although physical activity has been reported protective against breast cancer, scientific evidence is limited on the risk of b...

    Authors: Gita Nirmala Sari, Ehab Salah Eshak, Kokoro Shirai, Yoshihisa Fujino, Akiko Tamakoshi and Hiroyasu Iso

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1106

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  43. Long-term sickness absence results in increased risks of permanent disability and a compromised quality of life. Return to work is an important factor in reducing these risks. Little is known about return to w...

    Authors: Kristel H. N. Weerdesteijn, Frederieke Schaafsma, Karin Bonefaas-Groenewoud, Martijn Heymans, Allard Van der Beek and Johannes Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1095

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  44. It is well documented that sickness absence is strongly associated with disability retirement. A long-term sickness absence (LTSA) in particular increases the risk of disability retirement, but little is known...

    Authors: Laura Salonen, Jenni Blomgren and Mikko Laaksonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1078

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