Injuries related to shiftwork

Am J Prev Med. 2000 May;18(4 Suppl):33-6. doi: 10.1016/s0749-3797(00)00139-2.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to review the relationship of shiftwork to industrial injuries, and possible methods of injury control.

Method: The primary method was a systematic review of the published literature. The Cochrane Collaboration protocol was used to conduct the literature search.

Selection criteria: Studies were included if they addressed the issue of industrial injuries related to shiftwork.

Results: No controlled interventions were found. All studies were observational, and most were retrospective. The studies were not comparable with one another since they refer to different industrial settings.

Conclusions: Findings from the literature indicate that shiftwork should be avoided, but that if necessary, certain patterns and rest breaks appear to be associated with fewer injuries. More and better-focused research is needed in this field of study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*