Health Status and Risk Indicator Trends of the Aging U.S. Healthcare Workforce
Published Date:Apr 2012
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 54(4):497-503.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3323772
Funding:1F30AG040886-01/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States
2R01OH003915/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
F30 AG040886/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States
OH003915/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
OH003915-06A1/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
Describe the health status and risk indicator trends in a representative sample of US healthcare workers aged 45+ years.
Using pooled data from the 1997–2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), logistic regression analyses were performed to determine if age-group specific morbidity risks differed within occupational subgroups of the healthcare workforce (N=6,509). Health and morbidity trends were examined via complex survey adjusted and weighted Chi-square tests.
Rates of functional limitation and hypertension increased among diagnosing/assessing healthcare workers. The prevalence of hearing impairment, cancer, and hypertension was 2–3x greater in health diagnosing/assessing workers 60+ years versus younger workers. Healthcare service workers were up to 19x more likely to be obese, compared to workers who diagnose/assess health.
Healthier workplaces and targeted interventions are needed to optimize the ability to meet healthcare demands of this aging workforce.
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