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Table 3 The association of weekly building-related symptoms with personal factors and job stressors (Model 1)

From: Evaluating prevalence and risk factors of building-related symptoms among office workers: Seasonal characteristics of symptoms and psychosocial and physical environmental factors

Variable factors Eye irritation
OR (95% CI)
General symptoms
OR (95% CI)
Upper respiratory
OR (95% CI)
Skin symptoms
OR (95% CI)
N = 2590 N = 2505 N = 2486 N = 2687
Personal
 Gender (female) 2.17 (1.53–3.09)** 2.19 (1.57–3.05)** 2.33 (1.42–3.83)** 5.05 (2.10–12.14)**
 Age
  10–19 1.45 (0.15–14.02) 1.14 (0.12–10.68) 2.98 (0.29–30.11)
  20–29 2.06 (1.15–3.67)* 2.34 (1.37–3.99)** 1.69 (0.77–3.69) 0.74 (0.25–2.16)
  30–39 1.65 (0.96–2.84) 1.74 (1.07–2.85)* 1.40 (0.67–2.92) 0.68 (0.27–1.75)
  40–49 1.26 (0.73–2.17) 1.12 (0.68–1.84) 0.87 (0.41–1.86) 0.46 (0.17–1.24)
  50–59 1.76 (1.02–3.03) * 1.18 (0.71–1.96) 1.13 (0.53–2.42) 0.37 (0.13–1.06)
   ≥ 60 Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref.
   p for trend 0.048 <0.001 0.149 0.425
 Job categories
  Managerial Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref.
  Professional 0.61 (0.27–1.36) 0.77 (0.39–1.52) 0.83 (0.23–3.04) 0.60 (0.07–5.37)
  Technical 0.49 (0.28–0.86)* 0.76 (0.48–1.19) 1.35 (0.61–2.97) 0.56 (0.11–2.96)
  Sales 0.67 (0.41–1.10) 0.90 (0.58–1.39) 1.06 (0.46–2.46) 1.06 (0.25–4.54)
  Planning/administrative 1.17 (0.78–1.75) 1.25 (0.84–1.85) 2.39 (1.20–4.76)* 1.72 (0.56–5.29)
  Secretarial/clerical 2.16 (0.33–14.34) 0.78 (0.08–7.65) 8.85 (1.29–60.90) *
  Other 0.50 (0.20–1.24) 1.02 (0.51–2.03) 1.96 (0.70–5.46) 2.19 (0.55–8.64)
 Smoking
  Never Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref.
  Former 0.91 (0.65–1.27) 0.99 (0.72–1.35) 1.22 (0.77–1.93) 1.77 (0.87–3.63)
  Current/sometime 0.99 (0.48–2.06) 0.75 (0.35–1.58) 1.08 (0.40–2.95) 1.09 (0.14–8.43)
  Current/everyday 0.93 (0.68–1.27) 0.89 (0.66–1.20) 0.95 (0.60–1.50) 1.54 (0.74–3.18)
  Contact lens use 1.49 (1.14–1.95)** 1.20 (0.92–1.57) 1.46 (1.00–2.12)* 1.18 (0.63–2.19)*
 Pet ownership (Cat)    1.79 (1.07–2.99)* 3.16 (1.59–6.28)**
Job stressors
 Amount of worka 1.24 (1.08–1.42)** 1.27 (1.11–1.44)** 1.28 (1.09–1.49)**  
 Mental workloada 1.19 (1.01–1.39)* 1.19 (1.03–1.39)*   
 Physical overloadb 0.77 (0.65–0.91)** 0.93 (0.79–1.08) 1.06 (0.84–1.33)  
 Interpersonal conflicta 1.16 (1.01–1.33)* 1.69 (1.47–1.94)** 1.25 (1.04–1.51)* 1.72 (1.27–2.32)**
 Job controla 0.91 (0.80–1.04) 0.77 (0.68–0.87)** 0.94 (0.78–1.12) 0.91 (0.68–1.21)
 Skill utilizationc 0.84 (0.71–0.98)* 0.95 (0.81–1.11) 0.87 (0.70–1.07) 1.06 (0.74–1.51)
 Job suitabilityd 0.96 (0.82–1.12) 1.12 (0.96–1.30) 1.02 (0.82–1.26)  
 Work satisfactiond 0.97 (0.83–1.14) 0.68 (0.58–0.79)** 0.84 (0.67–1.05) 1.02 (0.77–1.36)
  1. Values are expressed as adjusted odds ratios (95% CI) for participants with complete data. Variables with p < 0.2 in univariate analyses are included in a multivariate logistic regression analysis. Ref. = referent. Significant at * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01. Text in parentheses reflects case groups
  2. a Five levels of response are 1) less/low, 2) somewhat less/low, 3) medium, 4) somewhat more/high, and 5) more/high
  3. b Four levels of response are 1) somewhat less/low, 2) medium, 3) somewhat more/high, and 4) more/high
  4. c Four levels of response are 1) less/low, 2) somewhat less/low, 3) medium, and 4) somewhat more/high
  5. d Four levels of response are 1) less/low, 2) somewhat less/low, 3) medium, and 4) more/high