Applying the revised Chinese job content questionnaire to assess psychosocial work conditions among Taiwan's hospital workers

Tsair Wei Chien, Wen Pin Lai, Hsien Yi Wang, Sen Yen Hsu, Roberto Vasquez Castillo, How Ran Guo, Shih Chung Chen, Shih Bin Su

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Abstract

Background: For hospital accreditation and health promotion reasons, we examined whether the 22-item Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) could be applied to evaluate job strain of individual hospital employees and to determine the number of factors extracted from JCQ. Additionally, we developed an Excel module of self-evaluation diagnostic system for consultation with experts. Methods. To develop an Excel-based self-evaluation diagnostic system for consultation to experts to make job strain assessment easier and quicker than ever, Rasch rating scale model was used to analyze data from 1,644 hospital employees who enrolled in 2008 for a job strain survey. We determined whether the 22-item Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) could evaluate job strain of individual employees in work sites. The respective item responding to specific groups' occupational hazards causing job stress was investigated by using skewness coefficient with its 95% CI through item-by-item analyses. Results: Each of those 22 items on the questionnaire was examined to have five factors. The prevalence rate of Chinese hospital workers with high job strain was 16.5%. Conclusions: Graphical representations of four quadrants, item-by-item bar chart plots and skewness 95% CI comparison generated in Excel can help employers and consultants of an organization focusing on a small number of key areas of concern for each worker in job strain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number478
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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