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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000131
Original Articles

How Healthy Is the Singaporean Worker? Results From the Singapore National Health Survey 2010

Lim, Raymond Boon Tar MBBS, MPH; Ma, Stefan MSc, PhD; Fong, Chee Weng MSc; Chua, Lily MSc; Chia, Kee Seng MBBS, MSc(OM), MD; Heng, Derrick MBBS, MSc; Lim, Wei Yen MBBS, MPH, PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the prevalence of common medical conditions (including mental health and self-rated health) and lifestyle risk factors for disease of the Singapore workforce with the nonworking population, and evaluate the association of these factors with occupation class.

Methods: Data were obtained from a population-representative cross-sectional survey in 2010. Adjusted prevalence ratios (PRs) were obtained by modified Breslow-Cox proportional hazards regression model.

Results: Within the workforce, after adjustment for age, sex, and ethnicity, daily smoking (PR = 1.87; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.40 to 2.51; P < 0.001), no regular exercise (PR = 1.13; 95% CI, 1.07 to 1.20; P < 0.001), and poor self-rated health (PR = 1.46, 95% CI, 1.22 to 1.76; P < 0.001) were more prevalent in the lower-skilled occupation classes.

Conclusions: Lower-skilled occupation classes in Singapore are associated with lifestyle risk factors, and tailored workplace health promotion programs addressing their specific health needs are needed.

Copyright © 2014 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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