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Research Article

Physical Quality of Life among Military Health Care Workers in Downsizing Organization

Dong-Sheng Tzeng1,2*, Chen-Lin Changh1,3 and Yi-Lung Chen1

1Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Armed Forces Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2Departments of Hyperbaric Medicine, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

3College of Medical Sciences, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

*Corresponding Author:
Dong-Sheng Tzeng
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Received date: November 12, 2013; Accepted date: December 31, 2013; Published date: January 07, 2014

Citation: Tzeng DS, Changh CL, Chen YL (2014) Physical Quality of Life among Military Health Care Workers in Downsizing Organization. Occup Med Health Aff 2:144. doi: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000144

Copyright: © 2014 Tzeng DS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objectives: To investigate the quality of life (QOL) among health care workers in two downsizing military general hospitals in Taiwan and to explore the relationship between psychosocial factors, job loss, psychological morbidity and QOL in this work environments. Methods: A cross sectional survey including the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and the Taiwan brief version of the WHOQOL Questionnaire were administered to 340 health care workers divided into job losers and job keepers. Results: The job losers had worse physical domain QOL scores than the job keepers (14.27 vs. 14.94, p=0.012). The hypnotic use history, life event and nurse category (p=0.006, 0.043. and <0.001 respectively) were positive associated with GHQ. Both total GHQ score (β=-0.39, p<=0.01) and age (β=0.26, p<=0.01) might associate with QOL. Conclusions: Physical domain of WHOQOL might be the most significant job related health impact to downsizing organization. Younger employees with psychological morbidities working in hospitals that are downsizing may be in need of attention to their quality of life