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The effects of on-call work on mental health issues among wage workers in the Republic of Korea

Authors
 Jae Jun Lee  ;  Eun-Cheol Park  ;  Hyunju Ji  ;  Sung-In Jang 
Citation
 PSYCHOLOGY HEALTH & MEDICINE, : epub., 2019 
Journal Title
 PSYCHOLOGY HEALTH & MEDICINE 
ISSN
 1354-8506 
Issue Date
2019
Keywords
Korean Working Condition Survey ; anxiety disorder ; depression ; insomnia ; mental health problem
Abstract
On-call workers are often on standby at night or on weekends and are called to perform work when unanticipated incidents occur. However, the effects of on-call duty on the mental health has received little attention. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of on-call work on mental health problems among Korean wage workers. Korean wage workers (56,553) from the 2011-2014 Korean Working Condition Survey were enrolled. The outcome measures included insomnia or sleep disorder and depression or anxiety disorder. General characteristics, occupational and work environment characteristics were used to adjust for control variables. Among the Korean wage workers, 8.2% (N=4,653) performed on-call duties. On-call workers were more likely to experience insomnia or sleep disturbance (3.8%vs2.4%; p<.0001) and depression or anxiety disorder (2.2%vs1.2%; p<.0001) than those who did not have on-call duties. After adjusting for control variables, the odds ratio (OR) for insomnia or sleep disturbance was 1.56 (95% CI, 1.23-1.99), and the OR for depression or anxiety disorder was 2.23 (95% CI, 1.61-3.08). In conclusion, on-call work was associated with mental health problems in Korean wage workers. Therefore, we need to understand the problems of on-call workers, and try to improve their health care.
Full Text
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13548506.2019.1668565
DOI
10.1080/13548506.2019.1668565
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
Jang, Sung In(장성인) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0760-2878
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/175674
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