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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182143e77
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Business Travel and Self-rated Health, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Richards, Catherine A. MPH; Rundle, Andrew G. DrPH

Continued Medical Education
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Objective: To assess associations between extent of travel for business and health.

Methods: Associations between business travel and cardiovascular disease risk factors were assessed using medical record data from 13,057 patients provided by EHE International, Inc.

Results: Compared with light travelers (1 to 6 nights per month), nontravelers were more likely to report poor/fair health (odds ratio = 1.58; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.33 to 1.87) and the odds ratios increased with increasing travel, reaching 2.61 (95% CI: 1.57 to 4.33) among extensive travelers (>20 nights per month). Compared with light travelers, the odds ratios for obesity were highest among nontravelers (odds ratio = 1.33; 95% CI: 1.18 to 1.50) and extensive travelers (odds ratio = 1.92; 95% CI: 1.25 to 2.94). Although the differences were small, nontravelers and extensive travelers had the highest diastolic blood pressure and lowest high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Conclusion: Poor self-rated health and obesity are associated with extensive business travel.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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