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Document ID (ISN)109092
CIS number 09-203
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) von Thiele Schwarz U., Lindfors P., Lundberg U.
Title Health-related effects of worksite interventions involving physical exercise and reduced workhours
Bibliographic information June 2008, Vol.34, No.3, p.179-188. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract This study examined the health-related effects of two worksite interventions, namely physical exercise and reduced workhours, on women employed in dentistry. It involved 177 women from six dental care centres in Sweden, who were divided into three groups: a group subjected to 2.5 hours of weekly, mandatory physical exercise performed during workhours, a group with a reduction of weekly workhours from 40h to 37.5h and a control group. Biomarkers and self-ratings in questionnaires were obtained before the intervention, as well as six and twelve months after the intervention. It was found that the two interventions had differing effects on biomarkers and self-reports of health. There was a decrease in blood glucose and in upper-extremity disorders in the exercise group, and increased blood high-density lipoprotein and waist-to-hip ratio among those working reduced hours. It is concluded that interventions involving a reduction in workhours are more effective if these hours are used for physical exercise.
Descriptors (primary) physical fitness programmes; state of health; women; dental services; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Sweden; symptoms; upper extremity disorders; case-control study; statistical evaluation; determination in blood; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Physical fitness programmes
Health care services
Hours of work