The prevalence of health problems among shift workers is not well studied. Irritability, indigestion, heavy use of caffeine, alcohol abuse, and insomnia have all been reported as overrepresented in shift workers. This study evaluated the prevalence of smoking, alcohol consumption, and use of hypnotics, anxiolytics, and antacids, as well as job stress among female nursing personnel in a large metropolitan general hospital. Of the 131 certified female nurses working at least 1 year of shift work - alternating between day, evening, and night shifts - 43.5% were smokers (compared to a rate of 28% among the general population in Israel), 19.1% used antacid, 6.1% consumed alcohol regularly, 4.6% used anxiolytics and 3.1% used hypnotics. Stress on the job was reported by 39.7% of participants and was correlated with smoking (p < .05). Smoking is prevalent in shift workers, especially in nurses reporting job stress. Thus, shift workers should be considered as a high-risk population for smoking-related diseases.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Health Care for Women International|
|State||Published - Nov 1996|