Prevalence of abortion and adverse pregnancy outcomes among working women in Korea: A cross-sectional study

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To investigate incidence and distribution of major adverse reproductive health problems related to various kinds of industries in Korea and to compare risks for major reproductive outcomes to assess maternal health in working and non-working women. METHODS We requested claim data from the Korean National Health Insurance. We defined reference groups as (1) non-working women and (2) workers in the education field. Women working in each industry were compared with reference groups regarding rates of miscarriage, threatened abortion, preterm labor, and intrauterine growth restriction. Logistic regression was used for multivariate analysis, and age and income adjustment was performed. RESULTS The percentages of all adverse obstetric outcomes were higher in working women than in non-working women. Working women had higher and statistically significant adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for miscarriage in 18 of the 21 industries. The age and income-adjusted OR for miscarriage for all working women was 1.26 (95% confidence interval, 1.23-1.28). Business facilities management and business support services, manufacturing, human health and social work activities, wholesale and retail trade, and professional, scientific, and technical activities were major industries with higher adjusted ORs for adverse obstetric outcomes. CONCLUSIONS We confirmed that compared to non-working women, working women have a higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. Thus, adverse pregnancy outcomes such as threatened abortion, preterm labor, and intrauterine growth restriction may be associated with working status. This exploratory study identified several industries where in-depth studies are required in future to improve occupational safety in women of reproductive age.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182341

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@inproceedings{Park2017PrevalenceOA, title={Prevalence of abortion and adverse pregnancy outcomes among working women in Korea: A cross-sectional study}, author={Chulyong Park and Mo-yeol Kang and Dohyung Kim and Jaechan Park and Huisu Eom and Eun-A L Kim}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2017} }