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Document ID (ISN)53374
CIS number 90-685
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Douglas R.B., Blanks R., Crowther A., Scott G.
Title A study of stress in West Midlands firemen, using ambulatory electrocardiograms
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 1988, Vol.2, No.4, p.309-318. 8 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that a fireman's work may subject him to cardiovascular stresses and to identify those areas of a fireman's duties which are most stressful. The West Midlands Fire Brigade (United Kingdom) was selected as being suitable for the study because it has a large number of full-time men (over 2000) engaged in various degrees of activity. A stratified sample of 100 officers and men was drawn from 12 stations to include busy and less busy stations. Long runs of ECG (63 hours each for the men, 48 hours each for the residential officers) were examined for ventricular ectopic beats and classified for severity according to a modified Lown grade scale (Lown and Wolf 1971) and then integrated over time to reflect frequency of occurrence as well as severity. This was called the ventricular cardiac strain score (VCSS). Higher scores were found in those under stress due to number of call-outs, level of seniority and diary-recorded stressful events.
Descriptors (primary) neuropsychic stress; fire services; carbon monoxide; hydrocyanic acid; stress factors; cardiovascular disorders; stress studies; stress evaluation; electrocardiographic changes
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; pulse rate; electrocardiography; respiratory function tests; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Mental stress and burnout
Carbon monoxide
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Inorganic substances