Table 4

Odds ratios for poor health by employment status
Variable Unadjusted OR (95% CI) Adjusted OR (95% CI)*
Poor self-reported health
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 1.54 (1.17-2.02) 1.72 (1.28-2.30)
Permanently sick 40.75 (30.58-54.31) 25.43 (18.90-34.21)
Looking after home and family 2.59 (2.11-3.18) 2.20 (1.76-2.76)
Others 1.80 (1.35-2.40) 2.45 (1.77-3.40)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001
Limiting longstanding illness
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 1.19 (0.88-1.60) 1.53 (1.11-2.09)
Permanently sick 91.89 (62.44-135.24) 65.59 (44.19-97.33)
Looking after home and family 2.11 (1.71-2.62) 2.03 (1.61-2.56)
Others 1.64 (1.22-2.21) 2.70 (1.92-3.78)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001
Poor mental health
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 2.04 (1.54-2.71) 2.28 (1.69-3.08)
Permanently sick 7.20 (5.80-8.95) 7.40 (5.80-9.45)
Looking after home and family 1.69 (1.31-2.16) 1.51 (1.16-1.96)
Others 2.65 (1.97-3.56) 3.28 (2.35-4.58)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001
Poor lung function
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 1.34 (1.02-1.77) 1.34 (1.00-1.80)
Permanently sick 3.49 (2.84-4.29) 3.22 (2.56-4.05)
Looking after home and family 1.14 (0.09-1.45) 1.12 (0.86-1.44)
Others 1.31 (0.96-1.79) 1.41 (1.01-1.97)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001
Current smoker
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 2.03 (1.62-2.53) 1.67 (1.31-2.12)
Permanently sick 2.85 (2.34-3.46) 1.84 (1.48-2.29)
Looking after home and family 1.91 (1.58-2.29) 1.35 (1.10-1.66)
Others 1.28 (0.99-1.67) 1.11 (0.83-1.49)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001
Heavy alcohol consumption
Employed 1 1
Unemployed 1.01 (0.78-1.31) 0.84 (0.64-1.11)
Permanently sick 0.70 (0.54-0.89) 0.72 (0.55-0.94)
Looking after home and family 0.40 (0.30-0.53) 0.52 (0.39-0.70)
Others 0.77 (0.56-1.05) 0.61 (0.44-0.86)
p < 0.001 p < 0.001

*Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) adjusted for age, sex, education and deprivation (SIMD).

Brown et al.

Brown et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:327   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-327

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