Objective and subjective working conditions and psychophysical disorders

The relationship between working conditions, psychophysical disorders, and employees' attitudes towards their jobs were analyzed in a pharmaceutical factory in Mexico. A cross-sectional study was conducted using three instruments: guided observation of job processes, guided evaluation of health and safety conditions, and an epidemiological questionnaire (N = 377). Tasks were found to be automated to a considerable degree, but organization was basically Fordist. Strong associations were found between sets of job requirements and certain groups of health outcomes. In the study population, perception of the job (attitude, satisfaction, control, and social support) showed an association with certain health problems. The study concluded that both subjective and objective occupational conditions play an important role in workers' health.

Work; Occupational Health; Psychophysical Disorders

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