The prevalence of hypertension and influencing factors among the employees of a university hospital|
Kurtul, Seher; Ak, Funda Kaya & Türk, Meral
Background: Hypertension is a serious disease with increasing worldwide prevalence, leading to life-threatening complications.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out in a university hospital. The Occupational Health and Safety Unit data
concerning the health examinations of employees were used to determine the prevalence of hypertension in a university
hospital and to define the relationship between hypertension and sociodemographic and occupational parameters. Logistic
regression analyses were performed for the variables having a significant association with high blood pressure.
Results: The data generated during the periodic examination of 3,480 (92%) of all employees (3,780) were analyzed. The
prevalence of hypertension was 14.8%. The prevalence of hypertension was found to be 13.5%, 13.9%, and 23.7% among
physicians, non-physician healthcare personnel and officers respectively. The logistic regression model revealed a statistically
significant correlation between hypertension and male gender, age and BMI.
Conclusion: The prevalence of hypertension was highest among staff members. Special programs would facilitate the
diagnosis, control, and prevention of high blood pressure among the high-risk groups, especially men, the elderly and the
obese hospital employees.
Hypertension; hospital; health care worker.