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Document ID (ISN)110832
CIS number 10-0353
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Knutsson A., B°ggild H.
Title Gastrointestinal disorders among shift workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.36, No.2, p.85-95. 50 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to review literature on the association between shift work and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. A systematic review of the literature published from 1966 to 2009 was conducted, reporting GI symptoms and diseases among shift workers. Twenty studies met the inclusion criteria. Four of six studies showed a significant association between shift work and GI symptoms, and five of six studies reported an association between shift work and peptic ulcer disease. Two of three studies showed an association between shift work and functional GI disease. Only a few studies have examined gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases or GI cancers in relation to shift work. It is concluded that shift workers appear to have increased risk of GI symptoms and peptic ulcer disease. However, control for potential confounders (e.g. smoking, age, socioeconomic status and other risk factors) was often lacking or insufficient in many of the examined studies.
Descriptors (primary) shift work; gastrointestinal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) cancer; symptoms; peptic ulcer; confounding factors; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Gastrointestinal diseases
Cancer and carcinogens