Prevalence of cardiovascular health and its relationship with job strain: A cross sectional study in Taiwanese medical employees

Li Ping Chou, Chiang Chin Tsai, Chung Yi Li, Susan C. Hu

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the prevalence and associated factors of cardiovascular health as defined by the AHA among different job categories in health settings. Methods: This is a cross-sectional and hospital-based survey. A total of 1329 medical professionals with a mean age of 38 years in a regional hospital in Taiwan were recruited. Information for seven combined indicators including blood pressure, fasting sugar, blood cholesterol, body mass index, time of physical activity, dietary pattern and smoking status was obtained from the employees' health profiles and questionnaires. Degree of job strain was evaluated by the Chinese version of the Job Content Questionnaire, which was derived from Karasek's demand-control model. Three types of cardiovascular health were identified as poor, intermediate and ideal. Results: Prevalence of cardiovascular health in this study's population was ideal in 0.2% of the sample, intermediate in 20.6% and poor in 79.2%. There was a significantly higher percentage of poor health in workers with high strain (85.1%), and in the professions of nurse (85.3%) and physician assistant (83.1%). In the multivariate analysis, the only significant factor correlated with job strain was physical inactivity. After being adjusted, workers with high strain exhibit a higher prevalence of physical inactivity compared to those with low strain (OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.38 to -2.81). Conclusions: Physical inactivity is the only significant factor correlated with job strain and is associated with a work situation characterised by high strain and the professions of nurse and physician assistant. Strategies for workplace health promotion should focus on employee health literacy and motivation to exercise regularly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number010467
JournalBMJ open
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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  • Medicine(all)

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