Evaluation of the level of general and occupational health of employees working in the headquarters of Ardabil University of medical sciences

Afshan Sharghi, Somayeh Zeynizadeh Jeddi, Ghafour Pourzarea, Firouz Amani, Neghin Bazeghi


Background: Workplace and employee health is an important public health issue that affects both employers and employees at all levels of government. Therefore, it seems absolutely necessary to check the health of employees, determine their medical problems and screen them with clinical examination. The aim of the study was to assess the health of the staff working in Ardabil University of medical science office central.

Methods: In this descriptive study, 244 of Ardabil University of medical sciences staff were screened for diseases of hearing, vision, lung, kidney, gastrointestinal, skin, psychiatric, muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular and other cases. Participants were examined by an occupational medicine specialist. If imaging is needed to diagnose some diseases, they were referred to the imaging ward of Alavi hospital and evaluated by a radiologist. Data collected through checklist and then analyzed by statistical methods in SPSS statistical software version 26.

Results: Most of the participants had a university education (83.6%). 86.4% of the participants had more than 10 years of work experience. 64.8% of the participants were male. The average age of employees was 43.11±7.68 years. 11.1% of employees were smokers. cardiovascular disease was present in 5.7%, lung disease in 1.2%, kidney disease in 5.7%, skin disease in 3.3%, musculoskeletal disease in 15.2%, psychiatric disease in 3.7%, gastrointestinal disease in 6.1%, hearing loss at 1.2%, diabetes at 5.7%, high blood pressure at 14.3%, hyperlipidemia at 14.8%, thyroid disease at 4.9% and other diseases at 11.9% of employees.

Conclusions: Due to the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases among employees, including musculoskeletal diseases, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular diseases, it is necessary to screen non-communicable diseases regularly and with maximum participation of employees.


Staff, Safety, Health, Ardabil

Full Text:



Chu C, Breucker G, Harris N, Stitzel A, Gan X, Gu X, et al. Health-promotin0g workplaces-international settings development. Health Promot Int. 2000;15(2): 155-67.

Coker AL, Smith PH, Thompson MP, McKeown RE, Bethea L, Davis KE. Social support protects against the negative effects of partner violence on mental health. J Women's Health Gender Based Med. 2002; 11(5):465-76.

Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD, Ammendolia C, Côté P. Are workplace health promotion programs effective at improving presenteeism in workers? A systematic review and best evidence synthesis of the literature. BMC Public Health. 2011;11(1):1-11.

Goetzel RZ, Ozminkowski RJ. The health and cost benefits of work site health-promotion programs. Annu Rev Public Health. 2008;29:303-23.

Boehmer TK, Boothe VL, Flanders WD, Barrett DH. Health-related quality of life of US military personnel: a population-based study. Military Med. 2003; 168(11): 941-7.

Kari-Pekka M. Musculoskeletal disorders, disability and work. Finnish Inst Occup Health. 2010.

Rahimi N, Ghasemi GA, Raeisi H, Samavati Sm, Sadeghi M. Investigation of the Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Military University Students. Military Med. 2014;234(3)432-8.

Azma K, Hajebi MH, Nasseh I, Abedi M. Investigating the frequency of postural anomalies and the effect of military training courses and presenting the corrective plans. J Arch Military Med. 2013;1(1): 35-8.

Bar-Dayan Y, Morad Y, Elishkevitz KP, Bar-Dayan Y, Finestone AS. Back disorders among Israeli youth: a prevalence study in young military recruits. Spine J. 2012;12(9):749-55.

Baktashian M, Riaziat AH, Moshaveri F, Rouzbahani R. Periodic health assessment in office workers of Isfahan Insurance Organization. Iran J Isfahan Med School. 2012;4:32-8.

Ghasemi M, Alianfini F. Evaluation of risk factors affecting the health of directors of an academic unit based on the holistic wellness. J Healthcare Manag. 2017;7(2):39-46.

Sedghi S, Shahnavazi H, Khalesi N. Evaluation of individual and occupational factors affecting the health of tehran legal medicine administration employee based on the holistic wellness. IOH. 2018; 15(5):75-83.

Mendenhall E, Kohrt BA, Norris SA, Ndetei D, Prabhakaran D. Non-communicable disease syndemics: poverty, depression, and diabetes among low-income populations. Lancet. 2017;389(10072): 951-63.

Mohanty S, Venkatarao E, Yasobant S. Non-communicable disease care and physical activity promotion in India: analysis of recent policies, guidelines and workplans. Fam Med Commun Health. 2020;8(2):e000206.

Damari B, Heidari A. Implementation of integrated management of non-communicable disease prevention and control in Iran: A proposal. Payesh. 2020;19(1):7-17.

Mehri A, Sedighy Some-Koochak Z. Assessment of mental health status and some related factors among students of Sabzevar Universities in 2010. Med Sci J Islamic Azad Univ Tehran Med Branch. 2012;21(4): 293-304.

Emami H, Ghazinour M, Rezaeishiraz H, Richter J. Mental health of adolescents in Tehran, Iran. J Adolesc Health. 2007;41(6):571-6.

Farhoudian A, Sharifi V, Amini H, Basirnia A, Mesgarpour B, Mansouri N, et al. Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in Iran: A systematic review. Fam Med Commun Health. 2007;4;65-9.

Noorbala AA, Yazdi SB, Yasamy M, Mohammad K. Mental health survey of the adult population in Iran. Br J Psychiat. 2004;184(1):70-3.

Salvarzi E. Assessing the general health level of accountant staff of shiraz university of medical sciences and its related factors. Occup Hygiene Health Promot J. 2020;4:56-62.