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Association of Visual Display Terminal Usage with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress among Japanese Office Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Global Health Promotion, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo 113-8510, Japan
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Cancer Control Center, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka 541-8567, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9406; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179406
Received: 12 July 2021 / Revised: 31 August 2021 / Accepted: 2 September 2021 / Published: 6 September 2021
The aim of this study was to examine the association of the duration of visual display terminal (VDT) usage for work and non-work activities with self-rated health (SRH) and psychological distress among office workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. A cross-sectional data of 7088 office workers from a web-based, self-administered survey conducted from 25 August 2020, to 30 September 2020, was used. Multiple logistic regression analysis was applied. Compared to those who used a VDT for 4–9 h for work, office workers who used a VDT for ≥10 h for work had poor SRH (odds ratio (OR): 1.65; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.13, 2.41) and severe psychological distress (OR: 2.23; 95% CI: 1.52, 3.28). VDT usage for less than 1 h (OR: 1.37, 95% CI: 1.12, 1.67) and 1–3 h (OR: 1.42, 95% CI: 1.12, 1.80) for work were also associated with severe psychological distress. Stratification analysis by age showed a significant association of VDT usage for work with poor SRH among 30–64-year-olds, while a U-shape association was found between VDT usage for work and psychological distress with the younger age group (15–29 years old). During the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, the prolonged usage of VDT for work can deteriorate both general and psychological health, while moderate usage of VDT for work can reduce psychological distress. View Full-Text
Keywords: screen time; mental health; physical health; occupational health; workplace screen time; mental health; physical health; occupational health; workplace
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Khin, Y.P.; Matsuyama, Y.; Tabuchi, T.; Fujiwara, T. Association of Visual Display Terminal Usage with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress among Japanese Office Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9406. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179406

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Khin YP, Matsuyama Y, Tabuchi T, Fujiwara T. Association of Visual Display Terminal Usage with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress among Japanese Office Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):9406. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179406

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Khin, Yu P., Yusuke Matsuyama, Takahiro Tabuchi, and Takeo Fujiwara. 2021. "Association of Visual Display Terminal Usage with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress among Japanese Office Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 9406. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179406

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