|Document ID (ISN)||107143|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Patel D., Easmon C., Seed P., Dow C., Snashall D.
||Morbidity in expatriates - A prospective cohort study
||Aug. 2006, Vol.56, p.345-352. 24 ref.
||This study was performed to assess the incidence of health events in an expatriate group and to evaluate factors affecting this incidence. A cohort of 2020 Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff and partners living abroad were followed-up over one year. Data were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire and subjected to statistical evaluation. The incidence of health events was 21%. Trauma (incidence 5%), musculoskeletal disorders (incidence 4%) and infectious disease (incidence 3%) were the principal causes of morbidity. The incidence of psychological disorders was low (1%). Employees were at increased risk of morbidity compared to partners, with a higher incidence of health events (incidence rate ratio (IRR) 1.4) and psychological disorders (IRR 5.9). Moreover, unaccompanied employees were at increased risk of health events (IRR 1.3), and of traumatic injury (IRR 2.3) compared to accompanied employees.
||morbidity; government services; migrant workers; state of health
||non-occupational factors; United Kingdom; infectious diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; frequency rates; injuries; questionnaire survey; risk factors; mental health
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Public and government services