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Hotel housekeeping work influences on hypertension management


  • Marie-Anne Sanon PhD, MN, RN

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    1. University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    • Post-Doctoral Fellow.

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Characteristics of hotel housekeeping work increase the risk for hypertension development. Little is known about the influences of such work on hypertension management.


For this qualitative study, 27 Haitian immigrant hotel housekeepers from Miami-Dade County, FL were interviewed. Interview transcripts were analyzed with the assistance of the Atlas.ti software for code and theme identification.


Influences of hotel housekeeping work on hypertension management arose both at the individual and system levels. Factors at the individual level included co-worker dynamics and maintenance of transmigrant life. Factors at the system level included supervisory support, workload, work pace, and work hiring practices. No positive influences were reported for workload and hiring practices.


Workplace interventions may be beneficial for effective hypertension management among hotel housekeepers. These work influences must be considered when determining effective methods for hypertension management among hotel housekeepers. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:1402–1413. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.