The role of the work context in multiple wellness outcomes for hospital patient care workers

Glorian Sorensen, Anne M. Stoddard, Sonja Stoffel, Orfeu Buxton, Grace Sembajwe, Dean Hashimoto, Jack T. Dennerlein, Karen Hopcia

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Objective: To examine the relationships among low back pain (LBP), inadequate physical activity, and sleep deficiency among patient care workers, and of these outcomes to work context. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of patient care workers (N = 1572, response rate = 79%). Results: A total of 53% reported LBP, 46%, inadequate physical activity, and 59%, sleep deficiency. Inadequate physical activity and sleep deficiency were associated (P = 0.02), but LBP was not significantly related to either. Increased risk of LBP was significantly related to job demands, harassment at work, decreased supervisor support, and job title. Inadequate physical activity was significantly associated with low decision latitude. Sleep deficiency was significantly related to low supervisor support, harassment at work, low ergonomic practices, people-oriented culture, and job title. Conclusions: These findings point to shared pathways in the work environment that jointly influence multiple health and well-being outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-910
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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