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Perceived Physical and Psychosocial Exposure and Health Symptoms of Dairy Farm Staff and Possible Associations with Dairy Cow Health

Lunner Kolstrup, Christina and Hultgren, Jan (2011). Perceived Physical and Psychosocial Exposure and Health Symptoms of Dairy Farm Staff and Possible Associations with Dairy Cow Health. Journal of agricultural safety and health. 17:2, 111-125
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of work-related physical and psychosocial exposure and health symptoms of farm staff working in indoor loose-housing dairy systems in Sweden, and to examine possible associations between exposure and health symptoms of farm staff and disease incidence in their dairy herds. A sample of 41 farm owners or managers and 20 directly employed farm
workers participated, each from a Swedish dairy farm with loose-housed cows. Mailed questionnaires comprising 29 questions were used to create four separate indices representing physical exposure, psychosocial exposure, physical symptoms, and psychosocial symptoms. Cow herd incidence rates of common veterinary-reported clinical
diseases were calculated based on official records. Partial Spearman rank correlation was used to analyze associations. The study confirmed that physical and psychosocial exposure and health symptoms are not uncommon among owners/managers and employed workers. The study also found that farm owners/managers experience more physical symptoms in dairy herds with lower cow disease incidence rates, while more
frequent or intensive exposure to negative psychosocial work environment factors among employed dairy workers is associated with a high herd disease incidence rate.

Authors/Creators:Lunner Kolstrup, Christina and Hultgren, Jan
Title:Perceived Physical and Psychosocial Exposure and Health Symptoms of Dairy Farm Staff and Possible Associations with Dairy Cow Health
Series/Journal:Journal of agricultural safety and health (1074-7583)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:17
Number:2
Page range:111-125
Publisher:American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
ISSN:1074-7583
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:T Pollution > T10 Occupational diseases and hazards
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety
Keywords:Animal Health, Dairy cows, Exposure, Farmers, Farm workers, Partial Spearman rank correlation, Physical, Psychosocial, Questionnaire, Symptoms
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-154
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-154
ID Code:8219
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
External funders:Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning
Deposited By: Christina Lunner Kolstrup
Deposited On:05 Jul 2011 05:32
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:46

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