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Subjective social status predicts wintertime febrile acute respiratory illness among women healthcare personnel

Thompson, M.G., Naleway, A., Ball, S., Henkle, E., Sokolow, L., Williams, J., Reynolds, S., Spencer, S. Shay, D., Brennan, B., & Gaglani, M


December 23, 2014
The study examines whether subjective social status (SSS) predicts rates of wintertime febrile acute respiratory illness (ARI).1,373 women and 346 men were enrolled from September 1 through November 30, 2010 as part of a prospective cohort study of health care personnel (HCP) at two medical centers. A questionnaire was completed at enrollment followed by 20 weeks of surveillance. ARI was an illness with fever and cough self-reported via weekly telephone or Internet-based surveillance.Women (but not men) with lower SSS were more likely to report an ARI during surveillance, and the SSS-ARI association was independent of demographics, occupational status, health, and health behaviors.
North America