Work ability in health care workers

G. Costa, S. Sartori, B. Bertoldo, D. Olivato, G. Antonacci, V. Ciuffa, F. Mauli

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Work Ability Index was used as a complementary tool for the periodical health surveillance of health care workers in order to evaluate their functional working capacity and to plan more appropriate preventive and compensatory measures. 867 health care workers of both sexes (337 men, 530 women), aged between 23 and 65 years and with a work experience from 0.5 to 48 years ere examined. They were physicians, registered and assistant nurses, biologists, technicians, and clerks, working in hospital departments, ambulatory health care services, laboratories, and offices. WAI proved to be "excellent" in 27.0%, "good" in 49.7%, "moderate" in 20.1%, and "poor" in 3.2%. Women showed significantly lower mean WAI than men in all age groups, particularly among registered nurses. Both men and women shift workers showed a more pronounced decrease of WAI over the years as compared to their colleagues day workers. By increasing the number of illnesses suffered, WAI similarly decreased in all age groups. Skin and neuropsychic illnesses appear to lower WAI to a greater extent than other health disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-269
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Congress Series
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • Aging
  • Health care worker
  • Illness
  • Work ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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