healthy worker effect


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health·y work·er ef·fect

phenomenon observed initially in studies of occupational diseases; workers usually exhibit lower overall death rates than the general population because severely ill and disabled people are excluded from employment.

healthy worker effect

The observation that the health of employed people is generally better than that of the unemployed population. Conversely, the health of people who stop working is generally worse than the health of a similar group of people who continue to work.
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Doekes (1998) Evaluation of chronic respiratory effects in the potato processing industry: indications of a healthy worker effect? Occup.
The authors attribute this to the healthy worker effect, but this seems to be an unlikely explanation for such a large effect.
If this "healthy worker effect" is controlled for in such studies, she adds, it, seems that Hanford does pose significant health dangers.
The SMR in 1959 was 0.81, consistent with a healthy worker effect (Choi 1992; Li and Sung 1999).
This is a common occurrence in occupational investigations known as the "healthy worker effect," a combination of several factors associated with employment such as selection of the work force and changes in lifestyle accompanying employment (Monson 1986; Wen et al.
A better appraisal of the healthy worker effect and the observation of a higher susceptibility to radiation with age over 45 have been proposed to explain certain results of the Oak Ridge study (38).
No chance here of a skewed study as a result of "healthy worker effects"--where healthier workers are preferred over less healthy ones--as they were hired at random from the same employment line.
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