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Work-related psychosocial factors, worry about work conditions and health complaints among female and male ambulance personnel.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 251-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aimed at investigating the relationships between work-related psychosocial factors, worry about work conditions and health complaints (sleeping problems, headache and stomach symptoms) among female and male ambulance personnel. Out of 4000 ambulance personnel in Sweden, 1500 (300 female and 1200 male personnel) were randomly selected. They answered a questionnaire including items on self-reported health complaints, individual characteristics, work-related psychological demands, decision latitude, social support and worry about work conditions. Twenty-five per cent of the female and 20% of the male ambulance personnel reported two or more health complaints sometimes or often. According to the demand-control-support questionnaire, ambulance personnel reported a generally positive psychosocial work environment, although psychological demands were associated with sleeping problems, headache and stomach symptoms among both female and male ambulance personnel. Another factor that was significantly associated with health complaints among both genders was worry about work conditions. When worry about work conditions was added to the regression models, this variable took over the role from psychological demands as a predictor for health complaints among the female ambulance personnel. The prevalence of sleeping problems, headache and stomach symptoms were significantly associated with psychological demands among both female and male ambulance personnel. Notably, worry about work conditions seems to be an important risk factor for health complaints. This suggests that worry about work conditions should not be neglected when considering risk factors among ambulance personnel.

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2005. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 251-258
Keywords [en]
Adult, Ambulances organization administration, Analysis of Variance, Attitude to Health, Burnout Professional epidemiology etiology psychology, Decision Making Organizational, Emergency Medical Technicians education organization administration psychology, Female, Headache epidemiology, Humans, Job Satisfaction, Logistic Models, Male, Occupational Diseases epidemiology etiology psychology, Occupational Health, Prevalence, Questionnaires, Risk Factors, Sex Distribution, Sleep Disorders epidemiology, Social Support, Stomach Diseases epidemiology, Sweden epidemiology, Workplace organization administration psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2817DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2005.00333.xISI: 000231686500011PubMedID: 16101853OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2817DiVA, id: diva2:119479
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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