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Factors Associated with Blue-collar Workers' Risk Perception of Cardiovascular Disease

  • Hwang, Won Ju (College of Nursing Science, East-west Nursing Research Institute, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Hong, OiSaeng (University of California San Francisco, Department of Community Health Systems) ;
  • Kim, Mi Ja (University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science)
  • Received : 2012.05.30
  • Accepted : 2012.12.06
  • Published : 2012.12.31

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of actual cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, as well as, individual, psychosocial, and work-related factors as predictors of CVD risk perception among Korean blue-collar workers. Methods: The participants were 238 Korean blue-collar workers who worked in small companies. Data were collected through a survey; anthropometric and blood pressure measures; and blood sampling for lipid levels. Results: Blue-collar workers had high actual CVD risk and low CVD risk perception. The significant predictors of risk perception included perceived health status, alcohol consumption, knowledge of CVD risk, actual CVD risk, decision latitude, and shift work. The model explained 26% of the variance in CVD risk perception. Conclusion: The result suggests when occupational health nurses are giving routine health examination in small companies, they can enhance CVD risk perception in blue-collar workers by providing essential information about CVD risk factors and personal counseling on the individual worker's CVD risk status.

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