COME METTERE IN LUCE UNA ASSOCIAZIONE ASPECIFICA? CONSIDERAZIONI EPIDEMIOLOGICHE SULLO STUDIO DELLA SALUTE NEGLI UFFICI

Translated title of the contribution: How can an aspecific association be identified? An epidemiological approach to the study of health conditions of offics workers

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Abstract

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.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Volume82
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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