Health status and occupation : use of a health status index to measure the health of occupations.
A total of 4466 employed persons completed the short Auckland University Health Status Index (AUHSI) questionnaire and a health score was assigned to each individual on the basis of their responses.
This health score was found to have statistically significant associations with a number of health-related measures, including socio-economic status (P<0.001), and with occupational group : administrative, clerical/sales/service, skilled trades and unskilled labour (P<0.001).
Within the occupational groups, 3361 employees could be assigned to 42 specific occupations having 19 or more members each.
After controlling for age and gender, significant differences in mean health score for specific occupation were found in the clerical/sales/service (P<0.05), skilled trades (P=0.002) and unskilled manual (P<0.05) groups.
It is postulated that these differences may be due to the nature of the specific occupation.
Some possible reasons are listed.
It is concluded that a global measure of health status such as this may be useful in the planning and evaluation of occupational health services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Activité professionnelle, Homme, Santé, Questionnaire, Echelle évaluation, Méthode étude, Médecine travail, Indicateur santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Professional activity, Human, Health, Questionnaire, Evaluation scale, Investigation method, Occupational medicine
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0139978
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 09/06/1995.