Health-related quality among life of employees with persistent nonspecific indoor-air-associated health complaints

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Selinheimo , S , Vuokko , A , Hublin , C , Järnefelt , H , Karvala , K , Sainio , M , Suojalehto , H , Suvisaari , J & Paunio , T 2019 , ' Health-related quality among life of employees with persistent nonspecific indoor-air-associated health complaints ' , Journal of Psychosomatic Research , vol. 122 , pp. 112-120 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.03.181

Title: Health-related quality among life of employees with persistent nonspecific indoor-air-associated health complaints
Author: Selinheimo, Sanna; Vuokko, Aki; Hublin, Christer; Järnefelt, Heli; Karvala, Kirsi; Sainio, Markku; Suojalehto, Hille; Suvisaari, Jaana; Paunio, Tlina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, HUS Psychiatry
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
ISSN: 0022-3999
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312900
Abstract: Objective: Nonspecific health complaints associated with indoor air are common in work environments. In some individuals, symptoms become persistent without an adequate explanation. The aim was to study factors that associate with the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of employees with persistent, nonspecific indoor-air-related symptomatology. Methods: We present baseline results of a randomized controlled trial of interventions targeted on the HRQoL of the employees with indoor-air-associated nonspecific symptoms. The main participant-inclusion criterion was the presence of persistent indoor-air-related multiorgan symptoms with no known pathophysiological or environment-related explanation. As a comparison for participants' HRQoL (n = 52) we used data from the general-population Health 2011 study (BRIF8901) including information on subjects matched to the participants' working status and age and subjects with asthma, anxiety or depressive disorder, or other chronic conditions with work disability. Results: The participants showed greater and a clinically significant impairment of HRQoL [M = 0.83, SE = 0.013] than individuals from the general population [M = 0.95, SE = 0.001, p <.001, Hedges' g = 2.33] and those with asthma [M = 0.93, SE = 0.005, p <.001, Hedges' g = 1.46], anxiety and depressive disorder [M = 0.89, SE = 0.006, p <.001, Hedges' g = 0.73], or a chronic condition with work disability [M = 0.91, SE = 0.003, p <.001, Hedges' g = 1.11]. Prevalent symptoms of depression, anxiety, and insomnia and poor recovery from work were associated with a poor HRQoL. Conclusions: Individuals with nonspecific indoor-air-associated symptoms have a poorer HRQoL than individuals in the general population with a globally burdensome disease. Psychological distress associated with a poor HRQoL should be considered in the making of decisions about the treatment of these patients.
Subject: Indoor air
Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)
Depression
Anxiety
Health complaints
Disability
Persistent somatic symptoms
SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
IDIOPATHIC ENVIRONMENTAL INTOLERANCE
OF-LIFE
COHERENCE SCALE
WORK CHARACTERISTICS
PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS
ANTONOVSKYS SENSE
SOMATIC SYMPTOMS
PERSONALITY
DEPRESSION
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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