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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160990
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Des Moines Police Department: A Pilot Study
Abstract:
Des Moines Police Department: A Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Ramey, Sandra, Phd, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Iowa
Title:College of Nursing
Contact Address:50 Newton Rd NB, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA
Contact Telephone:319-335-7113
Co-Authors:S.L. Ramey, N.R. Downing, M.H. Alasagheirin, , University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;
The purposes of the study were to establish a relationship with the Des Moines Police Department and evaluate their recruitment and retention data. Of the 369 officers employed by the department, 91% (n=336) attended the in-service sessions and 100% voluntarily participated in this study. Of those participants reporting gender, 86.6% (n=272) were men and 13.4% (n=42) were women. Ages ranged from 22-64 (mean 41.24 years; SD=9.60). Relevant to this application are the findings related to risk factors, global measurement of stress, frequency of physical activity, and workload. Reported morbidity included cardiovascular disease (3.4%), high blood pressure (28.1%), and hypercholesterolemia (43.5%). The mean PSS score was 19.7 (SD=5.20, range 6-36), similar to other urban and rural departments. The majority of officers self-reported engaging in some type of physical activity during the past month (90.1%). Yet, the average BMI within this department was 28.67 (SD=4.94), with 32.4% of officers overweight and 35.2 classified as obese. Based on the BMI, overweight and obesity are clearly risk factors within this group. DMPD officers reported that (on average) they work 49.3 (SD=12.54) hours per week and 92.9% indicated that they work overtime occasionally to frequently. Officers reported that they had worked (on average) 5.8 days (SD=6.54) of overtime, during the past month. These findings demonstrate that officers routinely work more than 40 hours per week and while morbidity from cardiovascular disease is low in the working officers, risk factor prevalence (including perceived stress) is similar to that found in other urban and rural police departments. The lower prevalence of cardiovascular disease was expected because, as other preliminary studies have shown, officers with actual morbidity due to cardiovascular disease often self-select out of the sample through retirement or medical disability. To facilitate and support future development of strategic interventions, the DMPD has consented to provide an hour (annually) of the department's in-service training time to Dr. Ramey for conduction of research and subsequent dissemination of findings to improve the health of the officers.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDes Moines Police Department: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160990-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Des Moines Police Department: A Pilot Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ramey, Sandra, Phd, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Iowa</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">50 Newton Rd NB, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">319-335-7113</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sandra-ramey@uiowa.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">S.L. Ramey, N.R. Downing, M.H. Alasagheirin, , University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purposes of the study were to establish a relationship with the Des Moines Police Department and evaluate their recruitment and retention data. Of the 369 officers employed by the department, 91% (n=336) attended the in-service sessions and 100% voluntarily participated in this study. Of those participants reporting gender, 86.6% (n=272) were men and 13.4% (n=42) were women. Ages ranged from 22-64 (mean 41.24 years; SD=9.60). Relevant to this application are the findings related to risk factors, global measurement of stress, frequency of physical activity, and workload. Reported morbidity included cardiovascular disease (3.4%), high blood pressure (28.1%), and hypercholesterolemia (43.5%). The mean PSS score was 19.7 (SD=5.20, range 6-36), similar to other urban and rural departments. The majority of officers self-reported engaging in some type of physical activity during the past month (90.1%). Yet, the average BMI within this department was 28.67 (SD=4.94), with 32.4% of officers overweight and 35.2 classified as obese. Based on the BMI, overweight and obesity are clearly risk factors within this group. DMPD officers reported that (on average) they work 49.3 (SD=12.54) hours per week and 92.9% indicated that they work overtime occasionally to frequently. Officers reported that they had worked (on average) 5.8 days (SD=6.54) of overtime, during the past month. These findings demonstrate that officers routinely work more than 40 hours per week and while morbidity from cardiovascular disease is low in the working officers, risk factor prevalence (including perceived stress) is similar to that found in other urban and rural police departments. The lower prevalence of cardiovascular disease was expected because, as other preliminary studies have shown, officers with actual morbidity due to cardiovascular disease often self-select out of the sample through retirement or medical disability. To facilitate and support future development of strategic interventions, the DMPD has consented to provide an hour (annually) of the department's in-service training time to Dr. Ramey for conduction of research and subsequent dissemination of findings to improve the health of the officers.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:14:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:14:06Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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