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Document ID (ISN)112215
CIS number 11-0810
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ott M.G., Yong M., Zober A., Nasterlack M., Messerer P., Pluto R.P., Lang S., Oberlinner C.
Title Impact of an occupational health promotion program on subsequent illness and mortality experience
Bibliographic information Dec. 2010, Vol.83, No.8, p.887-894. Illus. 11 ref.
Internet access Impact_of_an_occupational_health.pdf [in English]
Abstract A cohort of 24,586 employees of a large German chemical company aged 35 or more with 15 or more years' of experience was established to assess morbidity and mortality outcomes relative to participation in an on-going health initiative instituted in 1983. Outcomes were evaluated for employees who attended the programme (attendees), those who had been admitted to the programme but had opted to not participate (withdrawals) and those who had not or not yet been selected to participate (non-participants). At entry to follow-up, the prevalence of chronic illnesses including diabetes, obesity, and diseases of the circulatory system was lowest among non-participants and highest among withdrawals. During the follow-up period, the incidence of new disease conditions was similar between attendees and non-participants; however, overall mortality was significantly reduced among attendees after adjustment for explanatory factors including age, job grade, smoking history, alcohol intake, and body-mass-index (relative risk 0.83) and was still marginally decreased when withdrawals were combined with attendees. Although self-selection cannot be ruled out as a contributing factor to the reduction in mortality risk among attendees, findings indicate that offering health promotion activities in the context of an existing occupational health programme may benefit overall employee health.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; large enterprises; morbidity; mortality; health programmes; chemical industry
Descriptors (secondary) obesity; diabetes mellitus; cardiovascular diseases; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion
Chemical industry