Chronic diseases and functional limitations among older construction workers in the United States: a 10-year follow-up study.

TitleChronic diseases and functional limitations among older construction workers in the United States: a 10-year follow-up study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDong, XS, Wang, X, Daw, C, Ringen, K
JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Volume53
Issue4
Pagination372-80
Date Published2011 Apr
ISSN Number1536-5948
Call Numbernewpubs20110418_Dong.pdf
KeywordsAged, Aging, Arthritis, Chronic disease, Disabled Persons, Facility Design and Construction, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Lung Diseases, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Occupations, United States
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182122286
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21407096?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Occupation/Aging/DISABILITY/DISABILITY/construction workers/chronic Disease

Endnote ID

24730

Alternate JournalJ. Occup. Environ. Med.
Citation Key7548
PubMed ID21407096