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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-25

Mental, physical and social health problems of call centre workers


1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pad Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune - 411 018, India
2 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pad Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune - 411 018, India
3 Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Pad Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune - 411 018, India
4 Intern, Department of Community Medicine, Pad Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune - 411 018, India
5 Prof and HOD, Psychiatry, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Kanke, Ranchi - 834006, India

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P Bhuyar
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pad Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune - 411 018
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Background: Call centre workers in BPO face unique occupational hazards - mental, physical and psychosocial. Material & Method: A sample 100 call centre workers of both sexes and from two cities Pune and Mumbai were surveyed by both qualitative and quantitative methods for the above health problems. Results: A high proportion of workers faced sleep disturbances and associated mental stress and anxiety. Sleep disturbance and anxiety was significantly more in international call centres compared to domestic. There was also disturbance in circadian rhythms due to night shift. Physical problems such as musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, eye, and hearing problems were also present. Psychosocial problems included disruption in family life, use of tobacco and alcohol, and faulty eating habits. Conclusion: Better personal management, health education and more research is indicated to study the health problems in this emerging occupation.


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