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Document ID (ISN)107143
CIS number 07-1071
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Patel D., Easmon C., Seed P., Dow C., Snashall D.
Title Morbidity in expatriates - A prospective cohort study
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.56, p.345-352. 24 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) morbidity; government services; migrant workers; state of health
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; United Kingdom; infectious diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; frequency rates; injuries; questionnaire survey; risk factors; mental health
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Public and government services