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Document ID (ISN)106544
CIS number 07-586
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Marmot A.F., Eley J., Stafford M., Stansfeld S.A., Warwick E., Marmot M.G.
Title Building health: An epidemiological study of "sick building syndrome" in the Whitehall II study
Bibliographic information Apr. 2006, Vol.63, No.4, p.283-289. Illus. 53 ref.
Abstract Sick building syndrome (SBS) is described as a group of symptoms attributed to the physical environment of specific buildings. This study explores the relative roles of the physical and psychosocial work environment in explaining SBS. Cross-sectional data on the physical environment of a selection of buildings were added to an ongoing health survey of office-based civil servants in the United Kingdom. A self-report questionnaire was used to capture 10 symptoms of SBS and psychosocial work stress. In total, 4052 participants aged 42-62 years working in 44 buildings were included in this study. Findings are discussed. Only psychosocial work characteristics and control over the physical environment were independently associated with symptoms in the multivariate analysis. The physical environment of office buildings appears less important than the psychosocial work environment in explaining differences in the prevalence of SBS symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; office work; government services; risk factors; sick building syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; psychology of work organization; stress factors; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome
Public and government services
Office work