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Employment Status and Inequalities in Self-Reported Health
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Department of Occupational and Public Health Science, University of Gävle, Sweden .
Department of Statistics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden .
Department of Occupational and Public Health Science, University of Gävle, Sweden .
Community Medicine, Gävleborg County Council, Gävle, Sweden .
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2014 (English)In: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health, ISSN 2282-2305, E-ISSN 2282-0930, Vol. 11, no 4, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of employment status on self-reported health in gävleborg county.Methods: The study used data from the 2010 health in equal terms survey, a cross-sectional survey carried out in gävleborg county in sweden. a total of 4,245 individuals, aged 16–65 years were included in the analyses. descriptive and logistic regression analyses were used to assess the relationship between employment status and self-reported healthResults: Individuals outside the labour market had odds of poor health of 2.64 (cl 2.28–3.05) compared to their employed counterparts. controlling for other covariates reduced the risk slightly to 2.10 (1.69-2.60), but remained statistically significant. In addition, other variables were associated with self-reported poor health.Conclusions: This study found a statistically significant association between being outside the labour market and poor self-reported health. The relation was explained partially by socio-economic and demographic variables. More studies, in particular longitudinal, are needed to further investigate the observed relationships. Policy-makers within the gävleborg county need to pay attention to the health status of those out of work, especially during times of combined economic and labour market fluctuations.Results of the study suggest the need to pay attention to the health status of those outside the labour market, especially during times of economic hardship.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 4, 1-11 p.
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Employment status, Health inequalities, Self-reported health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22770DOI: 10.2427/10006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84919763977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22770DiVA: diva2:744187
Available from: 2014-09-07 Created: 2014-09-07 Last updated: 2015-07-01Bibliographically approved

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