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A ranking of occupations based on the blood pressures of incumbents in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1941279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Data were drawn from a subsample of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I, 1971 to 1975, consisting of persons 25 years of age and older who stated they were employed in one of roughly 400 US Census three-digit occupations (n = 8130). Occupations with fewer than five persons were excluded from the analysis. Diastolic and systolic blood pressures were calculated for each of 244 occupations, simultaneously adjusting for age, gender, and body mass in an analysis of covariance model. A disproportionately high number of craft, operative, laboring, and farming jobs have incumbents with higher than average blood pressures, and a disproportionately low number of professional, managerial, and clerical jobs have incumbents with higher than average blood pressures. Jobs whose incumbents have especially high blood pressures include bartenders and dry cleaning operatives. Whether jobs cause high blood pressure or persons with high blood pressure choose those particular jobs remains unknown.
J P Leigh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0096-1736     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Med     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-06     Completed Date:  1991-12-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502807     Medline TA:  J Occup Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  853-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Economics, San Jose State University, CA 95192.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Health Surveys
Occupations / classification*
Stress, Physiological / epidemiology,  physiopathology
United States / epidemiology

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