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Document ID (ISN)101077
CIS number 03-207
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Choi B.C.K.
Title Mathematical procedure to adjust for the healthy worker effect: The case of firefighting, diabetes and heart disease
Bibliographic information Dec. 2001, Vol.43, No.12, p.1057-1063. 20 ref.
Abstract This article describes a mathematical procedure to adjust for one component of the healthy worker effect (HWE), namely, the healthy hired effect, such that among firefighters, the exclusion of individuals with diabetes leads to lower-than-expected heart disease deaths. Three examples from real studies are provided to illustrate the application of the mathematical procedure. It can be applied to adjust for other components of the HWE, such as the exclusion of obese individuals and smokers at the time of hire.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; mathematical models; confounding factors; healthy worker effect
Descriptors (secondary) diabetes mellitus; smoking; pre-employment medical examinations; heart diseases; description of technique; obesity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fires