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Document ID (ISN)60146
CIS number 93-1038
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Poole C.J.M., Evans G. R., Spurgeon A., Bridges K.W.
Title Effects of a change in shift work on health
Bibliographic information Nov. 1992, Vol.42, No.4, p.193-199. 23 ref.
Abstract Aspects of health were studied in a sample of factory workers who changed their pattern of working from "fortnight about" to three advancing shifts. Within the same factory and doing similar work there was a comparison group who were working permanent days only. The change in shifts was associated with more difficulty with sleep, more indigestion, higher alcohol consumption, reduced alertness and a worse social life. There was more minor psychiatric disturbance in those who worked three shifts than in those who worked days only.
Descriptors (primary) adaptation of man to work; shift work; social aspects; mental health; hours of work; sleep disturbances
Descriptors (secondary) alcoholism; comparative study; questionnaire survey; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Alcohol and drug abuse
Hours of work
Psychological factors
Fatigue