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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. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Mattias Victor, Bjørn Lau and Torleif Ruud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:27

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

  2. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:26

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

  3. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:23

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

  4. Content type: Research article

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) constitutes a huge burden for patients and studies show that IBD patients have difficulties remaining in employment. Because there is no data about the unemployment of IBD pati...

    Authors: J Mahlich, K Matsuoka, Y Nakamura and R Sruamsiri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:623

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Mercury is a toxic metal with its effects on human health ranging from acute to chronic in a very short time of exposure. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the main source of direct human exposur...

    Authors: Justice Afrifa, Samuel Essien-Baidoo, Richard K.D. Ephraim, Daniel Nkrumah and Daniel Osei Dankyira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:601

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The aim was to investigate the associations between mental disorders and three different measures of labour-market marginalisation, and differences between native Swedes and immigrants.

    Authors: Magnus Helgesson, Petter Tinghög, Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Fredrik Saboonchi and Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:593

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Suicide rates among those employed in male-dominated professions such as construction are elevated compared to other occupational groups. Thus far, past research has been mainly quantitative and has been unabl...

    Authors: Allison Milner, Humaira Maheen, Dianne Currier and Anthony D LaMontagne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:584

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    It has been discussed whether the relationship between a patient on sick leave and his/her general practitioner (GP) is too close, as this may hinder the GP’s objective evaluation of need for sick leave. Indep...

    Authors: Elisabeth Husabo, Karin Monstad, Tor Helge Holmås, Irene Oyeflaten, Erik L. Werner and Silje Maeland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:573

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This study sought to examine the relationship between tobacco-free policies at worksites to worksite demographics such as company size and geographic location.

    Authors: Elizabeth Ablah, Frank Dong and Kurt Konda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:566

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Health care workers are exposed to psychosocial work factors. Autonomy and social support are psychosocial work factors that are related to stress, and are argued to largely result from the psychosocial safety...

    Authors: Bo M. Havermans, Cécile R. L. Boot, Irene L. D. Houtman, Evelien P. M. Brouwers, Johannes R. Anema and Allard J. van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:558

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of workers with demanding physical working conditions in the European work force remains high, and occupational physical exposures are considered important risk factors for musculoskeletal disor...

    Authors: Tore Tynes, Cecilie Aagestad, Sannie Vester Thorsen, Lars Louis Andersen, Merja Perkio-Makela, Francisco Javier Pinilla García, Luz Galiana Blanco, Greet Vermeylen, Agnes Parent-Thirion, Wendela Hooftman, Irene Houtman, Falk Liebers, Hermann Burr and Maren Formazin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:544

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Many studies have reported that unemployment has a negative effect on health. However, little is known about the long-term effect for those who become unemployed when they are young adults. Our aim was to exam...

    Authors: Fredrik Norström, Urban Janlert and Anne Hammarström

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:529

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Common mental disorders have a negative impact on work functioning, but less is known about the process when the functioning starts to destabilize. This study explores experiences of work instability in worker...

    Authors: Louise Danielsson, Monica Bertilsson, Kristina Holmgren and Gunnel Hensing

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:472

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have examined the impact of ‘sit less, move more’ interventions on workplace performance. This study assessed the short and mid-term impacts of and patterns of change within, a 19-week workplace we...

    Authors: Anna Puig-Ribera, Judit Bort-Roig, Maria Giné-Garriga, Angel M. González-Suárez, Iván Martínez-Lemos, Jesús Fortuño, Joan C. Martori, Laura Muñoz-Ortiz, Raimon Milà, Nicholas D. Gilson and Jim McKenna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:455

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Common mental disorders (CMDs) are among the leading causes of sick leave in Sweden and other OECD countries. They result in suffering for the individual and considerable financial costs for the employer and f...

    Authors: G. Bergström, M. Lohela-Karlsson, L. Kwak, L. Bodin, I. Jensen, M. Torgén and L. Nybergh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:436

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  16. Content type: Research article

    This study analyzes the process of establishing and developing a cooperative vocational rehabilitation project with special focus on organizational and professional aspects. In the project, officials from the ...

    Authors: Christian Ståhl, Åsa Andersén, Ingrid Anderzén and Kjerstin Larsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:431

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Lead-exposed workers may suffer adverse health effects under the currently regulated blood lead (BPb) levels. However, a probabilistic assessment about lead exposure-associated anemia risk is lacking. The goal...

    Authors: Nan-Hung Hsieh, Shun-Hui Chung, Szu-Chieh Chen, Wei-Yu Chen, Yi-Hsien Cheng, Yi-Jun Lin, Su-Han You and Chung-Min Liao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:389

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  18. Content type: Research article

    A number of companies publish corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting in booklets and other publicly available formats. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the nine-year (2004–2012) trend of occupa...

    Authors: Tomohisa Nagata, Akinori Nakata, Koji Mori, Takashi Maruyama, Futoshi Kawashita and Masako Nagata

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:381

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Migrants resident in Italy exceeded 5 million in 2015, representing 8.2% of the resident population. The study of the mechanisms that explain the differential health of migrant workers (as a whole and for spec...

    Authors: Massimiliano Giraudo, Antonella Bena and Giuseppe Costa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:351

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Return to work (RTW) is important for recovery post-injury. Fear of (re)injury is a strong predictor of delayed RTW, and therefore much attention has been given to addressing injured workers’ fear beliefs. How...

    Authors: Samantha Bunzli, Nabita Singh, Danielle Mazza, Alex Collie, Agnieszka Kosny, Rasa Ruseckaite and Bianca Brijnath

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:313

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Labour market participation among young adults is essential for their future socioeconomic status and health. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between perceived stress among 20–21 year-...

    Authors: Nanna Trolle, Thomas Lund, Trine Nohr Winding and Merete Labriola

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:287

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behavior is considered an independent cause of cardio-metabolic diseases, regardless of physical activity level and obesity. Few studies have reported the association between leisure sedentary time a...

    Authors: Man Sup Lim, Bumjung Park, Il Gyu Kong, Songyong Sim, So Young Kim, Jin-Hwan Kim and Hyo Geun Choi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:278

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Construction and health care workers have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, and they are assumed to have physically demanding jobs. Profession- and gender-specific associations between individual...

    Authors: Lene Lehmann Moberg, Lars-Kristian Lunde, Markus Koch, Anne Therese Tveter and Kaj Bo Veiersted

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:272

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Practitioners and decision makers in the medical and insurance systems need knowledge on the relationship between work exposures and burnout. Many burnout studies – original as well as reviews - restricted the...

    Authors: Gunnar Aronsson, Töres Theorell, Tom Grape, Anne Hammarström, Christer Hogstedt, Ina Marteinsdottir, Ingmar Skoog, Lil Träskman-Bendz and Charlotte Hall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:264

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies indicate that psychological, social, and organizational factors at work contribute to health, motivation, absence from work, and functional ability.

    Authors: Stein Knardahl, Håkon A. Johannessen, Tom Sterud, Mikko Härmä, Reiner Rugulies, Jorma Seitsamo and Vilhelm Borg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:176

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Farmers are exposed to multiple air contaminants that may interact with tobacco smoking in the development of respiratory diseases. Farmers are currently considered to smoke less than non-farmers, but precise ...

    Authors: Pauline Roux, Alicia Guillien, Thibaud Soumagne, Ophélie Ritter, Jean-Jacques Laplante, Cécile Travers, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Gérard Peiffer, Lucie Laurent and Bruno Degano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:166

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Mental disorders are associated with high costs for productivity loss, sickness absence and unemployment. A participatory supportive return to work (RTW) program was developed in order to improve RTW among wor...

    Authors: Lieke Lammerts, Johanna M. van Dongen, Frederieke G. Schaafsma, Willem van Mechelen and Johannes R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:162

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, but it is not the sole causal factor. Significant proportions of workers are smokers and exposed to occupational lung carcinogens. This study aims to systemati...

    Authors: Mohamad El Zoghbi, Pascale Salameh, Isabelle Stücker, Patrick Brochard, Fleur Delva and Aude Lacourt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:156

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  29. Content type: Research article

    In order to help workers with long-term sickness absence return to work (RTW), it is important to understand factors that either impede or facilitate employee’s reintegration into the labour force. The aim of ...

    Authors: Lise Aasen Haveraaen, Lisebet Skeie Skarpaas and Randi Wågø Aas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:154

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and mortality. However, there is no related data on the association of baPWVwith coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CW...

    Authors: Yao Zheng, Lirong Liang, Tianbang Qin, Guang Yang, Shasha An, Yang Wang, Zhifang Li, Zhongda Shao, Xiuping Zhu, Taicheng Yao, Shouling Wu and Jun Cai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:148

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Work-related stress is highly prevalent in the educational sector. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an organizational level, participatory intervention on need for recovery and...

    Authors: Roosmarijn M. C. Schelvis, Noortje M. Wiezer, Allard J. van der Beek, Jos W. R. Twisk, Ernst T. Bohlmeijer and Karen M. Oude Hengel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:141

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Sickness absence has been shown to be a risk marker for severe future health outcomes, such as disability retirement and premature death. However, it is poorly understood how all-cause and diagnosis-specific s...

    Authors: Minna Mänty, Tea Lallukka, Jouni Lahti, Olli Pietiläinen, Mikko Laaksonen, Eero Lahelma and Ossi Rahkonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:114

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension is the primary out-auditory adverse outcome caused due to occupational noise exposure. This study investigated the associations of noise exposure in an occupational setting with blood pressure and...

    Authors: Shuchang Chen, Yaqin Ni, Lei Zhang, Liya Kong, Luying Lu, Zhangping Yang, Luoxian Yang, Xuhui Zhang and Yimin Zhu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:107

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Mental health problems (MHP) are the leading cause of disability worldwide. The inverse association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and MHP has been well documented. There is prospective evidence that fac...

    Authors: Caroline S. Duchaine, Ruth Ndjaboué, Manon Levesque, Michel Vézina, Xavier Trudel, Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, Clermont E. Dionne, Benoît Mâsse, Neil Pearce and Chantal Brisson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:91

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  35. Content type: Research article

    One way to facilitate the translation of research into the occupational health service practice is through clinical practice guidelines. To increase the implementability of guidelines it is important to includ...

    Authors: Lydia Kwak, Charlotte Wåhlin, Kjerstin Stigmar and Irene Jensen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:89

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  36. Content type: Research article

    It is important to determine whether unhealthy behaviours might influence transitions out of employment from midlife to old age, given the anticipated need for adults to work for longer. Our aim was to determi...

    Authors: Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Ewan Carr, Emily Murray, Stephen Stansfeld, Nicola Shelton, Mai Stafford and Jenny Head

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:82

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to shift work has been associated with negative health consequences, although the association between shift work and sickness absence remains unclear. The aim of this study is to investigate associati...

    Authors: Alwin van Drongelen, Cécile R.L. Boot, Hynek Hlobil, Allard J. van der Beek and Tjabe Smid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:67

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Relations between several occupational psychological and social factors and disability retirement remain largely unexplored. Knowledge of which specific aspects of the work environment that affect risk of disa...

    Authors: Jan S. Emberland, Morten Birkeland Nielsen and Stein Knardahl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:56

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Employees are major contributors to economic development, and occupational health services (OHS) can have an important role in supporting their health. Key to this is collaboration between employers and OHS. W...

    Authors: Jaana I. Halonen, Salla Atkins, Hanna Hakulinen, Sanna Pesonen and Jukka Uitti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:22

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Mental disorders are common diagnostic causes for longer sickness absence and disability retirement in OECD-countries. Short sickness absence spells are also common, and neither trivial for health and work abi...

    Authors: Hilla Sumanen, Olli Pietiläinen, Eero Lahelma and Ossi Rahkonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:15

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate facilities and hygiene at slaughterhouses can result in contamination of meat and occupational hazards to workers. The objectives of this study were to assess current conditions in slaughterhouses i...

    Authors: Elizabeth Anne Jessie Cook, William Anson de Glanville, Lian Francesca Thomas, Samuel Kariuki, Barend Mark de Clare Bronsvoort and Eric Maurice Fèvre

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:14

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Fatigue is a multifactorial condition that leads to disease and loss in production, and it affects a large number of workers worldwide. This study aims to demonstrate a resistance exercise protocol that indivi...

    Authors: Hélio Gustavo Santos, Luciana Dias Chiavegato, Daniela Pereira Valentim, Patricia Rodrigues da Silva and Rosimeire Simprini Padula

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1218

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women exposed to lead are at risk of suffering reproductive damages, such as miscarriage, preeclampsia, premature delivery and low birth weight. Despite that the workplace offers the greatest potentia...

    Authors: Osmel La-Llave-León, José Manuel Salas Pacheco, Sergio Estrada Martínez, Eloísa Esquivel Rodríguez, Francisco X. Castellanos Juárez, Ada Sandoval Carrillo, Angélica María Lechuga Quiñones, Fernando Vázquez Alanís, Gonzalo García Vargas, Edna Madai Méndez Hernández and Jaime Duarte Sustaita

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1231

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The importance of process evaluations in examining how and why interventions are (un) successful is increasingly recognized. Process evaluations mainly studied the implementation process and the quality of the...

    Authors: Roosmarijn M. C. Schelvis, Noortje M. Wiezer, Birgitte M. Blatter, Joost A. G. M. van Genabeek, Karen M. Oude Hengel, Ernst T. Bohlmeijer and Allard J. van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1212

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  45. Content type: Research article

    We examined whether the implementation of a participatory organizational-level intervention aiming to improve the working environment with a focus on the core task at work, increased job satisfaction and reduc...

    Authors: Elisabeth Framke, Ole Henning Sørensen, Jacob Pedersen and Reiner Rugulies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1210

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Early identification of persons at risk of sickness absence due to work-related stress is a crucial problem for society in general, and primary health care in particular. Tho date, no established method to do ...

    Authors: Kristina Holmgren, Christine Sandheimer, Ann-Charlotte Mårdby, Maria E. H. Larsson, Ute Bültmann, Dominique Hange and Gunnel Hensing

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1193

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Presenteeism is a growing problem in developed countries mostly due to an aging workforce. The economic costs related to presenteeism exceed those of absenteeism and employer health costs. Employers are implem...

    Authors: Carlo Ammendolia, Pierre Côté, Carol Cancelliere, J. David Cassidy, Jan Hartvigsen, Eleanor Boyle, Sophie Soklaridis, Paula Stern and Benjamin Amick III

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1190

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