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community health workers
surveillance of the workers health
healthy lifestyle

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de Freitas Rocha, A. L., Antunes de Oliveira, P., Rosa Rossi Barbosa, L. A., Ferreira Freitas, R., Araújo Veloso Popoff, D., & Santos Brant Rocha, J. (2023). FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH LIFESTYLE IN COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS. PsychTech & Health Journal, 6(2), 41-49. https://doi.org/10.26580/PTHJ.art49-2023


The Community Health Agent (CHW) is part of the primary care team, and the nature of their work can represent a risk for the emergence of morbidities. The present study aimed to analyze the factors associated with lifestyle in CHW in the Municipality of Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This is a cross-sectional, analytical, and census study. Self-administered instruments were used, contemplating sociodemographic, work, behavioral and clinical factors and the Fantastic Lifestyle Questionnaire. A total of 675 CHW participated in the study, with a mean age of 36.7±9.8. About 10% had a regular lifestyle. A low prevalence of a regular lifestyle was observed among CHW. After the multivariate analysis, the regular lifestyle remained associated with the inadequate Work Ability Index (WAI) (OR = 2.25; 95%CI: 1.30 - 3.91), the worst perception of health status (OR = 2.66; 95%CI: 1.46 - 4.84). CHWs who presented altered Body Mass Index (BMI) were more likely to have a regular lifestyle (OR = 2.33; 95%CI: 1.20 - 4.52). It was observed in this study that work and clinical factors influence the lifestyle of CHAs. These findings are relevant, as they put into perspective important elements that impact the health of CHAs and that can be modified by implementing occupational health programs.

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