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Table 3 Prevalence of health conditions in NHANES survey (2005 -2008) and flight attendants’ health survey (2007)

From: The self-reported health of U.S. flight attendants compared to the general population

 

NHANES

Flight attendants

Standardized prevalence ratio (Age-adjusted)

 

Reported health conditions

Gender

% Prevalence

Weighted n

S.E.

95% Confidence interval (CI)

% Prevalence

n

S.E.

95% Confidence interval (CI)

SPR

95% Confidence interval (CI)

Respiratory health

           

Allergies†

Male

31.6

1201

1.7

27.9 – 35.2

35

766

1.7

31.6 – 38.5

1.11

0.98 – 1.25

 

Female

43.2

1139

1.8

39.3 – 47

40

3035

0.89

38.2 – 41.7

0.89

0.82 – 0.92

Asthma†

Male

13.2

2432

0.82

11.5 – 14.8

12

781

1.2

9.8 – 14.5

0.94

0.75 – 1.12

 

Female

15.7

2240

0.92

13.8 – 17.6

13.5

3104

0.6

12.3 – 14.8

0.91

0.82 – 0.99

Chronic Bronchitis†

Male

3.6

2263

0.5

2.6 – 4.6

13.5

779

1.2

11.2 – 16.1

3.59

2.90 – 4.28

Female

5.1

2083

0.7

3.7– 6.5

16.1

3099

0.7

14.8 – 17.4

2.75

2.51 – 2.99

Current Smoker

Male

23.6

2262

1.0

21.6 – 25.7

13.2

802

1.2

10.9 – 15.8

0.38

0.31 – 0.45

Female

17.4

2086

1.2

15.0 – 19.7

8.1

3173

0.4

7.1 – 9.1

0.21

0.18 – 0.23

Cardiac health

           

Heart Disease†

Male

2.3

2260

0.3

1.6 – 3.0

2.7

768

0.6

1.7 – 4.1

1.39

0.79 – 1.98

Female

0.6

2084

0.2

0.1 – 1.0

2.5

3059

0.2

2.0 – 3.1

3.51

2.72 – 4.30

High BP†

Male

23.3

2433

1.1

21.1 – 25.6

25

773

1.6

22.0 – 28.2

1.0

0.86 – 1.19

 

Female

22.3

2238

1.3

19.6 – 25.1

14.6

3077

0.6

13.3 – 15.9

0.54

0.49 – 0.58

Overweight†

Male

28.3

2432

1.3

25.7 – 30.9

12.6

771

1.2

10.3 – 15.1

0.42

0.34 – 0.51

 

Female

33.8

2238

1.4

30.9 – 36.7

12.2

3075

0.6

11.1 – 13.4

0.33

0.30 – 0.37

Mental health

           

Sleep Disorder†

Male

7.7

2432

0.6

6.5 – 9.0

31.6

766

1.7

28.3 – 35.0

3.69

3.22 – 4.15

Female

5.6

2237

0.6

4.3 – 6.8

34.2

3056

0.9

32.5 – 35.9

5.61

5.27 – 5.95

Fatigue*

Male

3

2244

0.4

2.3 – 3.8

6.6

758

0.9

4.9 – 8.6

2.18

1.57 – 2.78

 

Female

5.9

2065

0.6

4.7 – 7.1

10.6

3028

0.6

9.6 – 11.8

1.83

1.63 – 2.03

Depression*

Male

0.6

2243

0.2

0.2 – 1.0

3.7

761

0.7

2.5 – 5.3

5.67

3.57 – 7.77

 

Female

1.6

2065

0.4

0.9 – 2.4

3.8

2961

0.4

3.2 – 4.6

2.18

1.77 – 2.58

Other

           

Reproductive cancer†

           

Female

2.9

2080

0.5

2.0 – 3.9

5.0

3101

0.3

4.3 – 5.8

1.34

1.13 – 1.56

  1. Health conditions that were diagnosed by a health care provider
  2. *Symptoms that lasted almost everyday in the past 1-2 weeks as reported by respondent.