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Martin Hyde, Holendro Singh Chungkham, and Laishram Ladusingh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327363

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327363.001.0001

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Occupational class and chronic diseases in India

Occupational class and chronic diseases in India

(p.133) Seven Occupational class and chronic diseases in India
Work and Health in India

Sanjay K. Mohanty

Anshul Kastor

Policy Press

This chapter studies the differentials in chronic diseases among occupational classes in India. The results of the 60th round of National Sample Survey conducted from January to June 2004 show that those who are engaged as own-account workers in a household enterprise have the highest rate of reported disorders in joints and bones, respiratory illnesses including ear, nose, and throat ailments, and bronchial asthma during the last 15 days of the survey. Meanwhile, the leading diseases among employers are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, disorders of the joints and bones, hypertension, and gastritis. Furthermore, the higher reported prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) resulting from higher prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases among richer groups could have contributed to the greater burden of illness among them.

Keywords:   chronic diseases, occupational classes, India, own-account workers, employers, non-communicable diseases, lifestyle-related diseases

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