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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1725-1733
Bioline Code: hs20127
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1725-1733

 en 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.

© Copyright 2020 - Kurtul S et al.

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