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Factors Associated With Health-Related Quality of Life Among Operating Engineers

Choi, Seung Hee PhD; Redman, Richard W. PhD; Terrell, Jeffrey E. MD; Pohl, Joanne M. PhD; Duffy, Sonia A. PhD

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: November 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 11 - p 1400–1405
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182611a85
Original Articles

Background: Because health-related quality of life among blue-collar workers has not been well studied, the purpose of this study was to determine factors associated with health-related quality of life among Operating Engineers.

Methods: With cross-sectional data from a convenience sample of 498 Operating Engineers, personal and health behavioral factors associated with health-related quality of life were examined.

Results: Multivariate linear regression analysis revealed that personal factors (older age, being married, more medical comorbidities, and depression) and behavioral factors (smoking, low fruit and vegetable intake, low physical activity, high body mass index, and low sleep quality) were associated with poor health-related quality of life.

Conclusions: Operating Engineers are at risk for poor health-related quality of life. Underlying medical comorbidities and depression should be well managed. Worksite wellness programs addressing poor health behaviors may be beneficial.

From the University of Michigan School of Nursing (Drs Choi, Redman, Pohl, and Duffy) and University of Michigan Health System (Dr Terrell), Ann Arbor, Mich.

Address correspondence to: Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Bldg No. 3343, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (bump@umich.edu).

This study was supported by the Michigan Center for Health Intervention (MICHIN) Grant Number P30NR009000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine