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Police officers attitude to different shift systems: Association with age, present shift schedule, health and sleep/wake complaints.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
2008 (English)In: Appl Ergon, ISSN 0003-6870, Vol. 39, no 5, 565-71 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Police officers attitude to different shift systems: Association with age, present shift schedule, health and sleep/wake complaints.

Kecklund G, Eriksen CA, Akerstedt T.

Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

It is often claimed that shift workers give priority to long series of days off and therefore prefer compressed work schedules at the expense of what is optimal for long-term health. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the attitude to six new shift systems among a randomly selected sample of police officers. The results showed that the most popular shift system was a rapidly, forward, rotating schedule with at least 16h of rest between shifts, despite that it had fewer days off compared with some of the compressed shift systems. However, the individual differences were large and many individuals (32%) disliked the rapidly rotating shift system. Young age was associated with a positive attitude to the rapidly rotating shift system. The attitude to the shift system was also influenced by the present schedule, and shift systems that were similar to the present work hours received more positive evaluation. Sleep and health complaints showed no association with the attitude to the shift systems. In conclusion, the shift workers attitude to the new schedules was partly in agreement with the ergonomic recommendations of the design of three-shift systems that will facilitate sufficient sleep and minimize negative health consequences.

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2008. Vol. 39, no 5, 565-71 p.
Keyword [en]
Work hours, Age, Individual differences, Police officers
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14170ISI: 000256866100005PubMedID: 18281011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-14170DiVA: diva2:180690
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Internt publ.nr. P2660Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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