The results of the general Atlas of Health and Working Conditions by Occupation were compared with the results of the Atlas of Health and Working Conditions in the Construction Industry.
Both are based on questionnaire data from periodical occupational health surveys [POHSs]. The scores on most of the items showed considerable differences between the two atlases, partly due to differences in the regional origin of the data.
Therefore, direct comparisons between the atlases are biased by regional differences.
To study the reliability and the generalizability of the results of both atlases, similarities between the data files with respect to occupations in the construction industry were studied.
Most of the items on working conditions, especially those with a widespread distribution, showed a close resemblance between the data files in terms of the relative position of an occupation compared to other occupations in the construction industry.
The items on health showed less resemblance, except for the items on musculoskeletal complaints, which showed results similar to those of the work items.
These results indicate the reliability and generalizability of the judgements based on both atlases outside the regions of origin, as far as items with a widespread distribution are concerned.
Therefore, we recommend the aggregation of POHS data on a national scale, taking regional differences into account.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête, Santé, Condition travail, Activité professionnelle, Profession, Industrie construction, Homme, Médecine travail, Système information, Pays Bas, Morbidité, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Inquiry, Health, Working condition, Professional activity, Profession, Construction industry, Human, Occupational medicine, Information system, Netherlands, Morbidity, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0521890
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 01/03/1996.