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Subjective health complaints and health related quality of life in a population of health care workers

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The aim of this study was to assess whether Subjective Health Complaints (SHC), demands and coping are associated with health-related quality of life in a population of health care workers. One hundred and nineteen employees in two nursing homes for the elderly filled in a questionnaire on health, exercise, psychological factors, and work conditions. Main outcome measures were SHC and quality of life measured by SF-36. High level of SHC was associated to low health-related quality of life. Low coping and high demands were related to low scores (low quality of life), and high coping and low demands to high scores on mental health. Pseudoneurological complaints (e.g. tiredness, sadness), high demands and low coping were associated with low mental health. The expected negative association between SHC and health-related quality of life was found. There was a positive association between coping and quality of life.
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Keywords: Coping; Demands; Musculoskeletal; Quality of life; Subjective health complaints

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological and Medical Psychology University of Bergen Jonas Liesvei 91 N-5009 Bergen Norway 2: Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy Erasmus MC Rotterdam Dr Molewaterplein 50 P.O. 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam The Netherlands

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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