Health status and risk indicator trends of the aging US health care workforce

David J. Lee, Lora E. Fleming, William G. LeBlanc, Kristopher L. Arheart, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Carles Muntaner, Cristina A. Fernandez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Evelyn P. Davila, Frank C. Bandiera, John E. Lewis, Diana Kachan

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the health status and risk indicator trends in a representative sample of US health care workers aged 45 years and older. METHODS: Using pooled data from the 1997 to 2009 National Health Interview Survey, logistic regression analyses were performed to determine whether age-group specific morbidity risks differed within occupational subgroups of the health care workforce (N = 6509). Health and morbidity trends were examined via complex survey adjusted and weighted chi-squared tests. RESULTS: Rates of functional limitation and hypertension increased among diagnosing/assessing health care workers. The prevalence of hearing impairment, cancer, and hypertension was two to three times greater in health-diagnosing/assessing workers aged 60 years and older than in younger workers. Health care service workers were up to 19 times more likely to be obese than workers who diagnose/assess health. CONCLUSIONS: Healthier workplaces and targeted interventions are needed to optimize the ability to meet health care demands of this aging workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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