Being stressed at work can take a physical toll. A study finds that being in high-strain occupations may be linked with making more trips to see the doctor compared with those in less-stressed jobs.
The study, published recently in the journal BMC Public Health, included a nationally representative sample of 29,110 Canadian workers who were part of the Canadian National Population Health Survey from 2000 to 2008. Researchers looked at those in high-, medium- and low-stress jobs and the number of times they visited a general practitioner or a specialist.
Those in high-stress jobs visited general practitioners 26% more and specialists 27% more compared with those in low-stress jobs. There were no differences among men and women.
Being in a medium-stress job was associated with more doctor visits for women, but not men. "This could be due to differences in stress coping abilities between males and females," the authors wrote.