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Does working while ill trigger serious coronary events? The Whitehall II study.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 51, no 9, 1099-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: Working while ill has been found to predict coronary heart disease. We tested if this association was due to triggering. METHODS: We used a nested case-control study in an occupational cohort to examine sickness absences during a 2-year period immediately before the first coronary event for 133 cases and 928 matched controls without a history of coronary events. Working while ill was defined as no absence despite being unhealthy (suboptimal self-rated health or psychological distress). RESULTS: The odds of a coronary event were not higher for cases who worked while ill than for correspondingly unhealthy controls who took >0 to 14 days of absence per year (OR = 0.62; 95% CI = 0.28 to 1.38). These results were little affected by multiple adjustments. CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence that working while ill acts as a short-term trigger for coronary events.

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2009. Vol. 51, no 9, 1099-104 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30089DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181b350e1ISI: 000269896200015PubMedID: 19701102Local ID: P2753OAI: diva2:241307
Available from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2009-10-02Bibliographically approved

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