Work ability, age and its perception, and other related concerns of Ukraine health care workers

Exp Aging Res. 2002 Jan-Mar;28(1):59-71. doi: 10.1080/036107302753365559.


A sample of 250 health care workers aged 18 to 68 (mean = 32.5 years) completed the Survey of Health Care Professionals. Self-ratings of their social skills, mental capacity, and physical capability corresponded to their ratings of work demands. Physical tiredness and tension were rated higher than mental tiredness. Worker age did not affect self-ratings of work performance, but physical and mental tiredness increased with increases in the age that one felt. The younger participants felt compared to their calendar ages, the better the level of current work ability they reported. The main concerns of workers were connected with off-the-job factors, most likely caused by the economic crisis and unfavorable ecological conditions in Ukraine. More than half of the participants were quite a bit or extremely concerned with changes in the cost of living, water quality, food safety, and radiation. The variable most closely related to these concerns is the discrepancy between calendar age and how old one feels. Coping strategies of workers can be related to sleeping, entertainment, and other off-the-job activities. These behaviors are related to the discrepancy between calendar age and how old one looks and feels, as well as felt age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Burnout, Professional
  • Economics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Leisure Activities / classification
  • Leisure Activities / psychology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Professional Competence
  • Self Concept*
  • Self-Assessment