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Relationship of cardiovascular disease to stress and vital exhaustion in an urban, midwestern police department
AAOHN journal
  • Sandra L. Ramey, University of Iowa
  • Elena Perkhounkova, University of Iowa
  • Nancy R Downing, University of Iowa
  • Kennith Culp, University of Iowa
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
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Publication Date
5-1-2011
NLM Title Abbreviation
Aaohn J
PubMed ID
21534494
DOI of Published Version
10.3928/08910162-20110418-02;
Abstract
This study explored risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among 336 officers of a Midwestern police force. Instruments used included the Perceived Stress Scale, the Maastricht Questionnaire (measuring vital exhaustion), and a general Health Risk Appraisal. Rates of CVD, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia were 3%, 28%, and 43%, respectively. The relative risk of hypercholesterolemia for male officers, compared to female officers, was 1.98 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.10 to 3.56). The officers' average body mass index was 28.6 (SD = 4.9), with 80% being overweight or obese. The average vital exhaustion score was higher for female officers than male officers (p < .05). Bivariate relationships of CVD with perceived stress, vital exhaustion, and age were statistically significant (p < .05). When controlling for age, odds ratios were 1.20 (95% CI, 1.03 to 1.39; p < .05) for perceived stress and 1.31 (95% CI, 1.12 to 1.53; p < .01) for vital exhaustion.
Published Article/Book Citation
AAOHN journal, 59:5 (2011) pp.221-227. DOI:10.3928/08910162-20110418-02;.
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Citation Information
Sandra L. Ramey, Elena Perkhounkova, Nancy R Downing and Kennith Culp. "Relationship of cardiovascular disease to stress and vital exhaustion in an urban, midwestern police department" AAOHN journal Vol. 59 Iss. 5 (2011) p. 221 - 227 ISSN: 0891-0162
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