Social relations at work and incident dementia

Tidsskriftartikel - 2017


OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether social relations at work were associated with incident dementia in old age.

METHODS: One thousand five hundred seventy-two occupationally active men from the Copenhagen Male Study Cohort were followed from 1986 to 2014. Participants underwent a clinical examination at baseline and answered questionnaires on whether they (1) had possibilities to be in contact with coworkers, (2) could get along with coworkers, and (3) were satisfied with supervisor. Poisson regression was used to estimate incidence rate ratios (IRR).

RESULTS: Two hundred forty five (15.6%) men were diagnosed with dementia during an average of 15.8 years of follow-up. After adjusting for potential confounders, limited contact with coworkers was associated with a higher risk of dementia (IRR = 2.49, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.14 to 5.44), but the other two measures were not.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data partially support that social relations at work are associated with incident dementia.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.


Ishtiak-Ahmed K, Hansen ÅM, Garde AH, Mortensen EL, Gyntelberg F, Phung TKT, Lund R, Rod NH, Prescott E, Waldemar G, Westendorp R, Nabe-Nielsen K. Social relations at work and incident dementia: 29-years' follow-up of the Copenhagen Male Study . Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017;60(1):12-18.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001158

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