Workplace psychosocial factors associated with hypertension in the U.S. workforce: A cross-sectional study based on the 2010 National Health Interview Survey

Source: Harpriya Kaur, Sara E. Luckhaupt, Jia Li, Toni Alterman and Geoffrey M. Calvert, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 57 Issue 9, September 2014
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From the abstract:
Objective: To explore associations between self-reported hypertension and workplace psychosocial factors that are common among U.S. workers and to identify industries and occupations (I&Os) that are associated with a high prevalence of hypertension, even after adjustment for common known risk factors. …

Results:
Job insecurity and hostile work environment were significantly associated with hypertension. Hypertension prevalence was significantly elevated among those employed in Healthcare Support occupations and Public Administration industries.

Conclusion:
Addressing hostile work environments and the stress associated with job insecurity may improve workers’ health. Other occupational factors that contribute to the variation in prevalence of hypertension by I&O should be sought. …