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26 August 2011

Workplace stress a growing health hazard

A new study has found that increased job stress causes workers to increasingly seek help from health professionals for physical, mental and emotional ailments.

Job-related stress is catching up with workers. A new study by Concordia University (Canada) economists, published in BMC Public Health, has found that increased job stress causes workers to increasingly seek help from health professionals for physical, mental and emotional ailments linked to job stress. Indeed, the number of visits to healthcare professionals is up to 26% for workers in high stress jobs.

To reach their conclusions, the economists crunched nationally representative data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey (NPHS). All NPHS figures were restricted to adults aged 18 to 65 years — the bulk of the labour force — and included statistics on the number of healthcare visits, chronic illnesses, marital status, income level, smoking and drinking habits.

 
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