|Title||Chronic diseases and functional limitations among older construction workers in the United States: a 10-year follow-up study.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Dong, XS, Wang, X, Daw, C, Ringen, K|
|Journal||J Occup Environ Med|
|Date Published||2011 Apr|
|Keywords||Aged, Aging, Arthritis, Chronic disease, Disabled Persons, Facility Design and Construction, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Lung Diseases, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Occupations, United States|
OBJECTIVES: To examine the health status of older construction workers in the United States, and how occupation and the aging process affect health in workers' later years.
METHODS: We analyzed six waves (1998 to 2008) of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal survey of US residents age 50+. The study sample totaled 7200 male workers (510 in construction trades) in the baseline. Multiple logistic regression and paired t tests were conducted to compare health outcomes across occupations and within individuals over time.
RESULTS: Compared with white-collar workers, construction workers had increased odds of arthritis, back problems, chronic lung disease, functional limitations, work disability, and work-related injuries after controlling for possible confounders.
CONCLUSIONS: Safety and health interventions, as well as retirement and pension policy, should meet the needs of older construction workers, who face increasingly chronic health conditions over time.
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Occupation/Aging/DISABILITY/DISABILITY/construction workers/chronic Disease
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|Alternate Journal||J Occup Environ Med|