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Absenteeism and Delay to Work Due to Sleep Disorders in the Turkish Adult Population: A Questionnaire Based National Survey FREE TO VIEW

Hikmet Firat, MD; Melike Yuceege, MD; Sibel Kiran, MD; Metin Akgun, MD; Ahmet Demir, MD; Murat Aksu, MD; Sadik Ardic, MD; Derya Karadeniz, MD; Zeynep Ucar Hosgor, MD; Serhan Sevim, MD; Oya Itil, MD; Hikmet Yilmaz, MD
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Diskapi Educational Hospital, Ministery of Health, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Chest. 2015;148(4_MeetingAbstracts):1054A. doi:10.1378/chest.2220527
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SESSION TITLE: Sleep Disorders Posters I: Diagnosis

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Sleep problems may have deleterious effects on work-life balance, overall health and safety. We aimed to investigate sleep related absenteeism and delay to work among the working adult population.

METHODS: The study was conducted by using data from a large survey on working adult population, which have been evaluated in TAPES (Turkish Adult Population Epidemiology of Sleep) study managed by Turkish Sleep Medicine Society (TSMS). The data reanalyzed to examine absenteeism and delay to work and their associations with sleep problems, including sleepiness (by Epworth Sleepiness Scale), parasomnias, REM behavior disease, sleep apnea (by Berlin Questionnaire), sleep quality (by Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) and restless leg syndrome, which are determined by the questionnaire among the working individuals.

RESULTS: History of any absenteeism and delay to work, at least one-day, were determined in 1533 and 1514 working adult individuals with an average age 36.2±10.6 and their frequency were 30.1% and 29.3%, respectively. In multivariate analyses, after adjustment, absenteeism was associated with sleepiness and delay to work was associated with sleepiness, insomnia and poor sleep quality.

CONCLUSIONS: In case of presence of absenteeism and delay to work in work life, sleep disorders including sleepiness, insomnia and poor sleep quality be considered. Evaluation of workers for sleep disorders who had absenteeism or delay to work and associated risk factors in workplace may improve their well-being and this approach may also provide some additional benefits in terms of increasing their productivity and lowering the costs of employees' health promotion.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: This study is important because of covering the adult population of a nation representing the whole country. The results of the national survey show us about the absenteeism and delay to work due to sleep disorders among the working adult population.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Hikmet Firat, Melike Yuceege, Sibel Kiran, Metin Akgun, Ahmet Demir, Murat Aksu, Sadik Ardic, Derya Karadeniz, Zeynep Ucar Hosgor, Serhan Sevim, Oya Itil, Hikmet Yilmaz

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