Nowadays the work-relatedness of the majority of diseases occurring at the workplace is by no means obvious. The relationship to work environment and performance of work is one of several causative factors. However, the multifactorial origin of diseases is not at all a new concept since principles and methods for the study of the numerous factors playing a role in any association between exposure and disease are already available. The model of causal constellations developed by Rothman can be particularly useful for the investigation of 'non-specific' associations, like those commonly occurring in office work. The study of the health conditions of office workers is faced with many difficulties, including the identification, measurement and classification of exposure variables and health outcomes. In designing these studies, particular attention should be devoted to aspects regarding sample size, lenght of observation and referent population.
|Translated title of the contribution||How can an aspecific association be identified? An epidemiological approach to the study of health conditions of offics workers|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Medicina del Lavoro|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health