Health of the older worker in Ireland - occupational physical and psychosocial factors in the autumn of work life

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dc.contributor.advisor Perry, Ivan J. en
dc.contributor.advisor Greiner, Birgit A. en
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Jane Veronica
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-18T09:01:55Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, J. V. 2014. Health of the older worker in Ireland - occupational physical and psychosocial factors in the autumn of work life. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1578
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Worldwide, governments are striving to keep people in work to an older age. However, little is known about the effects of work on an older workforce. This thesis aims to investigate the importance of job characteristics to the antecedents and evolution of cardiovascular disease and functional limitations for the older worker (50+ years). Methods: Three studies were used in this thesis. The 5C (Cork Coronary Care Case- Control) Study investigated the association between job strain and a coronary event in males (n=208) 35-74 years old. The Mitchelstown Study examined the association between job characteristics and positive lifestyle behaviours and further, job characteristics and blood pressure for males and females 50-69 years (n=2,047). Finally, the Cork & Kerry Study investigated the physical effects of manual work and reported functional limitations/disabilities in a sample of 60-80 year olds (n=362). Results: Results from the 5C Study show a clear difference between younger (<50 years) and older (≥50 years) workers, with older workers who had a coronary event more likely to have high job strain and low job control. Data from the Mitchelstown Study showed workers with intermediate possibility for development or high quantitative demands (versus low) at work significantly more likely to have co-occurrence of positive lifestyle behaviours. Further, those who had high possibility for development were more likely to have high systolic blood pressure with no indication of recovery from this activation at night. Physically demanding work as reported by the participants of the Cork & Kerry Study was associated with functional limitations and activities of daily living disability for both the paid and unpaid worker. Discussion: The findings from this piece of work highlight the necessity to examine job characteristics and health outcomes in isolation for the over fifties. The challenge is to get this information into the workplace. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (Grant Ref.HRC/2007/13) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014 Jane Veronica (Vera) Mc Carthy en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Physical Work en
dc.subject Psychosocial job characteristics en
dc.subject Disability en
dc.subject Lifestyle behaviours en
dc.subject Cardiovascular health en
dc.subject Occupational health en
dc.subject Older worker en
dc.subject Ambulatory blood pressure en
dc.subject Physical work en
dc.title Health of the older worker in Ireland - occupational physical and psychosocial factors in the autumn of work life en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Medicine and Health) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Epidemiology and Public Health en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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