[Effects of shift work on health]

Rev Med Suisse. 2008 Nov 26;4(181):2581-2, 2584-5.
[Article in French]


20% of employees in industrialized countries are concerned by shift work. Nevertheless, there is very little information in general medical journals about the effects of shift work on health. Shift work can have several major effects on health such as cardiovascular and digestive disorders among others, as demonstrated by several studies in recent decades. Shift work has attracted considerable attention recently when it was declared probable carcinogen by the International Agency for research on cancer. We review the health disorders that may be generated or aggravated by shift work and illustrate the problem by two case studies of occupational medicine and discuss the appropriate attitude to take.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronobiology Disorders / diagnosis
  • Chronobiology Disorders / etiology
  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling*