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Nutritional Status and Quality of Life in Shift Workers

Nutritional Status & QoL in Shift Workers

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  • Ülkü Demirci a:1:{s:5:"en_US";s:12:"Asst. Prof ";}
  • Ayşegül Kaptanoğlu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.23751/pn.v24i3.12997

Keywords:

shift workers, nutritional status, QoL (QoL)

Abstract

Background and aim: In individuals working in shifts, the risk of metabolic disorders and diseases is amplified due to irregular timing of the meal, quality of nourishment received from the diet, and inadequate sleep. In this survey, we studied the nutritional status and quality of life (QoL) among shift workers and the factors affecting these characteristics.

Methods: An online survey was conducted among 137 adult participants working in shifts in the Beylikdüzü campus. The data were collected using the QoL assessment tool EQ-5D-5L questionnaire.

Results: The mean score of EQ-5D-5L sub-dimensions, mobility (1.27±0.56); self-care (1.12±0.51); usual activity (1.14±0.42); pain-discomfort (1.43±0.69), and anxiety-depression (1.66±0.87) were low. In 48(35.8%) participants shift time deviated their mealtime. A total of 74 (54%) participants ate 2 meals during the day shift while 78(56%) ate 1 meal during the night shift.

Conclusions: Working in shifts had a negative effect on mealtimes, nutrition, and meal frequency.

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Ayşegül Kaptanoğlu

She received her B.Sc. degree from Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, her M.Sc. degree from Marmara University, Faculty of Medicine Health Management, and her PhD degree from Marmara University, Faculty of Medicine Hospital Administration. She has a very good level of English and French. She has written an internationally published book chapter, "The Use Of Social Marketing Intervention For Improving Life Quality In Chronic Patients". She has numerous international publications indexed by SCI, SCI-E, SSCI, AHCI and field indexed ESCI, and national publications published in refereed TR-index and field indexed journals. In addition to her academic life, she has worked in many A+ private hospitals and clinics in Istanbul in her 35 years of professional life.

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