Has your work worked you too hard? Physically demanding work and disability in a sample of the older Irish population

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Vera J. C.
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Greiner, Birgit A.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-02T08:34:08Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-02T08:34:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-24
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, V.J.C., Perry, I. J. and Greiner, B. A. (2012) 'Has your work worked you too hard? Physically demanding work and disability in a sample of the older Irish population'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 182(1), pp. 47-55. doi:10.1007/s11845-012-0824-7 en
dc.identifier.volume 182 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 47 en
dc.identifier.endpage 55 en
dc.identifier.issn 1863-4362
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2667
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-012-0824-7
dc.description.abstract There is a heightened need for the practitioner to be alert to the determinants of functional limitations and disabilities owing to the ageing workforce. This study investigated the association between work type and disability in older age in both the paid and the previously unexplored, unpaid worker (household labour).Data on demographic factors, physical measurements, work history and functional status were collected on three hundred and fifty seven 57-80-year-olds. Past or present work was identified as either physically demanding or not. Functional limitations and activities of daily living (ADL) disabilities were assessed using validated scales. Logistic regression was used to examine the relationship between the dependent variables and work type (physically demanding work or not physically demanding work).Over half of the sample reported doing physically demanding work. 20 % had complete function (n = 67), 65 % (n = 223) functional limitations and 15 % (n = 53) ADL disability. Physically demanding work was associated with functional limitations [OR 2.52 (1.41, 4.51), p = 0.01] and ADL disability [OR 2.10 (1.06, 4.17), p = 0.03] after adjustment for a measure of obesity and gender. When gender stratified, looking only at females, physically demanding work was associated with ADL disability [OR 2.79 (1.10, 7.07), p = 0.03] adjusted for a measure of obesity and household labour. Physically demanding work was related to functional limitations and ADL disability in older age. This is valuable information to inform practitioners in the treatment of older people with functional limitations and disabilities and in guiding interventions in the prevention of work related disability. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (Grant Number HRC2007/13) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer International Publishing AG en
dc.rights © 2012, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11845-012-0824-7 en
dc.subject Ageing en
dc.subject Physically demanding work en
dc.subject Household labour en
dc.subject Paid work en
dc.subject Disability en
dc.subject Functional limitations en
dc.subject Family demands en
dc.subject Manual work en
dc.subject Life-style en
dc.subject Health en
dc.subject Age en
dc.subject Inequalities en
dc.subject Perspective en
dc.subject Predictors en
dc.subject Capacity en
dc.title Has your work worked you too hard? Physically demanding work and disability in a sample of the older Irish population en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Vera McCarthy, Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2015-01-15T15:39:17Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 206308065
dc.internal.wokid 000313038500009
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Medical Science en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en


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