Associations between psychosocial work environment and hypertension among non-Western immigrant and Danish cleaners

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Kasper Olesen, Isabella G Carneiro, Marie B Jørgensen, Reiner Rugulies, Charlotte D N Rasmussen, Karen Søgaard, Andreas Holtermann, Mari-Ann Flyvholm

INTRODUCTION: Non-Western cleaners have reported better psychosocial work environment but worse health compared with their Danish colleagues. The aim of this study was to compare the association between psychosocial work environment and hypertension among non-Western immigrant cleaners and Danish cleaners.

METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-five cleaners from nine workplaces in Denmark participated in this cross-sectional study. The cleaners were identified as non-Western immigrants (n = 137) or Danes (n = 148). Blood pressure was measured in a seated position, and psychosocial work environment was assessed by the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ). In each population, multivariate logistic regressions were applied testing for an association between each of the COPSOQ scales and hypertension.

RESULTS: Models adjusted for age, sex, BMI, smoking, workplace and physical work exertion showed that high Trust regarding management (OR = 0.50) and high Predictability (OR = 0.63) were statistically significantly associated with low prevalence of hypertension in the Danish population. In the immigrant population, no significant associations were found. Analyses on interaction effects showed that associations between Meaning of work and hypertension were significantly different among the two populations (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: Psychosocial work factors were associated with hypertension among Danes, but not among non-Western immigrants. This divergent association between psychosocial work environment and hypertension between Danes and non-Western immigrant cleaners may be explained by different perceptions of psychosocial work environment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume85
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)829-35
Number of pages7
ISSN0340-0131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

    Research areas

  • Adult, Blood Pressure/physiology, Denmark, Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology, Female, Health Status, Humans, Hypertension/diagnosis, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases/diagnosis, Psychology, Stress, Psychological/etiology, Surveys and Questionnaires, Work/psychology, Workplace/psychology

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