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Document ID (ISN)111101
CIS number 10-0660
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heaton K., Azuero A., Reed D.
Title Obstructive sleep apnea indicators and injury in older farmers
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2010, Vol.15, No.2, p.148-156. 37 ref.
Abstract This study explored the relationship between sleep apnea indicators and injury in 756 older farmers from Kentucky and South Carolina. The primary outcome variable was the occurrence of injuries related to farm work in the past year. Main explanatory variables of interest included snoring, gasping, snorting, or cessation of breathing while asleep; trouble sleeping; consumption of sleep medications; trouble staying awake during daytime; sleep quality. Simple logistic regressions established bivariate associations between explanatory and outcome variables. The results show that just over 10% of participants experienced a farm injury in the past year. Significant bivariate associations were detected between the occurrence of injuries and number of days of farm work (odds ratio - OR 1.003), number of hours of farm work during the previous week (OR 1.017), male gender (OR 2.48), arthritis or rheumatism conditions (OR 1.981), stopped breathing while sleeping (OR 2.338) and problems staying awake during the previous month (OR 2.561). Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; apnoea; older workers; agriculture; occupational accidents; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Kentucky; South Carolina; rheumatoid arthritis; sleep disturbances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Older workers