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Basic questionnaire and methodological criteria for Surveys on Working Conditions, Employment, and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

2016 Oct 10;32(9):e00210715. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00210715.


[Article in Spanish]

Author information

  • 1Centro de Investigación en Salud laboral, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, España.
  • 2CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, Madrid, España.
  • 3Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Quito, Ecuador.
  • 4Superintendencia de Riesgos del Trabajo, Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 5Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil.
  • 6Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.
  • 7Universidad de Avellaneda, Avellaneda, Argentina.
  • 8Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, España.
  • 9Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú.
  • 10Instituto Nacional de Salud, Lima, Perú.
  • 11Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.
  • 12Universidad Técnica Nacional, San Carlos, Costa Rica.
  • 13Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • 14School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, U.S.A.
  • 15Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 16School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Centar at Houston, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • 17Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, España.
  • 18Escuela de Salud Pública, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 19Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo, Madrid, España.
  • 20Ministerio de Salud de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • 21European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 22Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 23Escuela de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile.


This article aimed to present a basic questionnaire and minimum methodological criteria for consideration in future Surveys on Working Conditions, Employment, and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean. A virtual and face-to-face consensus process was conducted with participation by a group of international experts who used the surveys available up until 2013 as the point of departure for defining the proposal. The final questionnaire included 77 questions grouped in six dimensions: socio-demographic characteristics of workers and companies; employment conditions; working conditions; health status; resources and preventive activities; and family characteristics. The minimum methodological criteria feature the interviewee's home as the place for the interview and aspects related to the quality of the fieldwork. These results can help improve the comparability of future surveys in Latin America and the Caribbean, which would in turn help improve information on workers' heath in the region.
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