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Self-rated health in a population of expatriate workers and partners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Nelson, MR and Matthews, CMT, Self-rated health in a population of expatriate workers and partners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Occupational Medicine, 54, (8) pp. 585-586. ISSN 0962-7480 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/occmed/kqh120


Background. Anthropological theory suggests that expatriate workers progress through a sequence of adaptive stages during their adjustment to a new environment. The psychological and physiological effects of this adaptation process may be reflected in changes in self-rated general health. Aims. To explore the relationship between self-rated general health, duration of expatriate assignment and two health-related behaviours: physical exercise and cigarette smoking. Method. A self-administered questionnaire recorded the demographics, self-rated general health, exercise and smoking behaviours of the adult non-Saudi residents of an expatriate compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Results. The mean self-rated general health of the study group was better than comparable UK and New Zealand population norms. Self-rated general health was not associated with duration of assignment, but was associated with physical exercise, including a dose-response effect. Middle Eastern expatriates had lower self-rated health scores and a higher prevalence of cigarette smoking than other expatriates. Conclusions. While the sampling frame limits generalization, physical exercise may promote expatriates' general health. Middle Eastern expatriates may be a target group for smoking health education. © Society of Occupational Medicine 2004; all rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:35607
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:2005-08-22
Last Modified:2005-08-22

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