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June/July 2007 (vol. 04/1)

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Job strain and blood pressure

The Belgium Job Stress Project reports a statistically significant increase in ambulatory blood pressure in men and women with high job strain. The study followed 89 workers with perceived high job strain (using the Job Content Questionnaire), matched with control workers. Twenty-four-hour monitoring identified high job strain as an independent risk factor after adjusting for covariates (gender, age, body mass index, smoking, physical demands of the job, stress outside work). Low decision latitude was the predominant factor.

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2007; 49(4): 360–367.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2007 (vol. 04/1) pp38