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Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase: Is there consistency between psychosocial stress test and burdensome work shifts?

Karhula, K; Harma, M; Sallinen, M; Lindholm, H; Hirvonen, A; Elovainio, M; Kivimaki, M; ... Puttonen, S; + view all (2017) Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase: Is there consistency between psychosocial stress test and burdensome work shifts? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene , 14 (12) pp. 1003-1010. 10.1080/15459624.2017.1350786. Green open access

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Abstract

This study examined the consistency of salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase (sAA) total daily secretion between laboratory and field circumstances. The 95 participants were shift working female health care professionals with high (n = 53) or low (n = 42) psychosocial stress (job strain) measured by the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ). The Trier Social Stress Test including a 5-min free speech and a mental arithmetic task was conducted with four, and field measurements with three daily saliva samples of cortisol and sAA during circadian rhythm and inter-shift recovery controlled morning shift, night shift, and a day off. The associations of salivary cortisol and sAA area under the curve with respect to ground (AUCg) and area under the curve with respect to increase (AUCi) between laboratory and field were tested using OLS (Ordinary Least Squares) regression. The sAA AUCg output in the laboratory was correlated with the output during all field measurement days and similarly among high and low job strain groups (p < 0.001). SAA AUCi and salivary cortisol AUCg and AUCi were not correlated between laboratory and field measurement, neither in the whole sample nor among the low or high job strain group. In conclusion, a laboratory measure of sAA AUCg output is promising in predicting stress-related output during burdensome work shifts and leisure time, whereas sAA AUCi or salivary cortisol seem not to have this potential.

Type: Article
Title: Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase: Is there consistency between psychosocial stress test and burdensome work shifts?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2017.1350786
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15459624.2017.1350786
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, Biomarker, night shift work, Trier Social Stress Test, work-related stress, Under-The-Curve, Awakening Response, Laboratory Stress, Perceived Stress, Diurnal Course, Job Strain, Determinants, Reactivity, Humans, Life
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043001
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