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Lifestyle factors, direct and indirect costs for a Brazilian airline company

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Title
Lifestyle factors, direct and indirect costs for a Brazilian airline company
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Revista de saúde pública, December 2014
DOI 10.1590/s0034-8910.2014048005227
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Rabacow, Fabiana Maluf, Luiz, Olinda do Carmo, Malik, Ana Maria, Burdorf, Alex, Rabacow, Fabiana Maluf, Luiz, Olinda do Carmo, Malik, Ana Maria, Burdorf, Alex

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To analyze lifestyle risk factors related to direct healthcare costs and the indirect costs due to sick leave among workers of an airline company in Brazil. METHODS In this longitudinal 12-month study of 2,201 employees of a Brazilian airline company, the costs of sick leave and healthcare were the primary outcomes of interest. Information on the independent variables, such as gender, age, educational level, type of work, stress, and lifestyle-related factors (body mass index, physical activity, and smoking), was collected using a questionnaire on enrolment in the study. Data on sick leave days were available from the company register, and data on healthcare costs were obtained from insurance records. Multivariate linear regression analysis was used to investigate the association between direct and indirect healthcare costs with sociodemographic, work, and lifestyle-related factors. RESULTS Over the 12-month study period, the average direct healthcare expenditure per worker was US$505.00 and the average indirect cost because of sick leave was US$249.00 per worker. Direct costs were more than twice the indirect costs and both were higher in women. Body mass index was a determinant of direct costs and smoking was a determinant of indirect costs. CONCLUSIONS Obesity and smoking among workers in a Brazilian airline company were associated with increased health costs. Therefore, promoting a healthy diet, physical activity, and anti-tobacco campaigns are important targets for health promotion in this study population.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 3%
Unknown 64 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 21%
Student > Bachelor 11 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 11%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 10 15%
Unknown 9 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 14 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 18%
Sports and Recreations 8 12%
Psychology 5 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 5%
Other 13 20%
Unknown 11 17%