Health problems among Swedish ambulance personnel: long-term risks compared to other professions in Sweden – a longitudinal register study

Source avec lien : International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics: JOSE, (En ligne), . 10.1080/10803548.2020.1867400

L’objectif de cette étude était d’examiner si le personnel ambulancier suédois diffère des autres groupes professionnels en ce qui concerne l’ampleur des problèmes de santé.

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether Swedish ambulance personnel differ in the extent of suffering from health problems compared to other occupational groups. Methods. Two cohorts of ambulance personnel from 2001 and 2008, with 1,778 and 2,753 individuals respectively, were followed regarding assignment of diagnostic coding (ICD codes) until 2016. These two cohorts represent all who were employed as ambulance personnel by public employers these years. Two comparison groups were added; other healthcare workers, and other professions. All data were retrieved from national registers. Chi-square tests were used for statistical calculation. Results. Swedish ambulance personnel are at a significantly higher risk of being affected by; (1) Paroxysmal tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and flutter, and other cardiac arrhythmias, (2) Other intervertebral disc disorders, and (3) Arthropathies, when compared to both comparison groups in both cohorts. Almost similar results were seen for (4) Gonarthrosis, and (5) Dorsopathies. Conclusions. Swedish ambulance personnel run the risk of being affected by certain diseases and injuries to a greater extent compared to other professions.

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