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Assessment and correlation of the World Health Organization 5 well-being index and blood pressure in software professionals

Swati Iyer, Jayshree S Kharche, Pranita Ashok, Gayatri Godbole, Savita M Vaidya.


Background: India is a major player in the field of IT industry and employs more than half million people today who spend long stressful hours using the computer. Due to urbanization stress has now became an inescapable part of life, workplace has become a stress factory and it is rightly known as the age of anxiety. Hence, the aim of present study was to determine the level of stress using a simple tool like the World Health Organization (WHO) 5 well-being index and its effects on blood pressure (BP) at an early stage among software professionals.

Aims and Objectives: To assess and correlate the WHO 5 well-being index and BP in software professionals.

Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional study carried out among 60 software professionals within the age group of 25–35 years with 3 years of working experience in the same, working for 8–10 h a day. Known hypertensive and people with a family history of hypertension were excluded. BP was recorded using a sphygmomanometer, and the WHO 5 well-being index was calculated.

Results: It was observed that there was a negative correlation though statistically not significant (P > 0.05) between BP and WHO 5 well-being index.

Conclusion: As the level of stress increases, an increase in BP was noted with a subsequent decline in the well-being of the individual.

Key words: World Health Organization 5 Well-Being Index; Blood Pressure; Software Professionals

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