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Repeated exposure to high ICT demands at work, and development of suboptimal self-rated health: findings from a 4-year follow-up of the SLOSH study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Umeå University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6936-5126
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2908-1903
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Number of Authors: 62019 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 92, no 5, p. 717-728Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The knowledge about the association between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) demands at work and self-rated health (SRH) is insufficient. The aim of this study was to examine the association between repeated exposure to high ICT demands at work, and risk of suboptimal SRH, and to determine modifications by sex or socioeconomic position (SEP). A prospective design was used, including repeated measurement of ICT demands at work, measured 2 years apart. SRH was measured at baseline and at follow-up after 4 years. The data were derived from the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH), including 4468 gainfully employees (1941 men, 2527 women) with good SRH at baseline. In the total study sample, repeated exposure to high ICT demands at work was associated with suboptimal SRH at follow-up (OR 1.34 [CI 1.06-1.70]), adjusted for age, sex, SEP, health behaviours, BMI, job strain and social support. An interaction between ICT demands and sex was observed (p = 0.010). The risk was only present in men (OR 1.53 [CI 1.09-2.16]), and not in women (OR 1.17 [CI 0.85-1.62]). The risk of suboptimal SRH after consistently high ICT demands at work was most elevated in participants with high SEP (OR 1.68 [CI 1.02-2.79]), adjusted for age, sex, health behaviours, BMI and job strain. However, no significant interaction between ICT demands and SEP regarding SRH was observed. Repeated exposure to high ICT demands at work was associated with suboptimal SRH at follow-up, and the association was modified by sex.

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2019. Vol. 92, no 5, p. 717-728
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ICT demands at work, Occupational health, Work-related stress, Self-rated health, Gender differences, Socioeconomic position
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170792DOI: 10.1007/s00420-019-01407-6ISI: 000473828600010PubMedID: 30684000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170792DiVA, id: diva2:1338315
Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-07-22Bibliographically approved

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