Work-related psychosocial factors and onset of metabolic syndrome among workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol

Asuka Sakuraya, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Norito Kawakami, Kotaro Imamura, Emiko Ando, Yumi Asai, Hisashi Eguchi, Yuka Kobayashi, Norimitsu Nishida, Hideaki Arima, Akihito Shimazu, Akizumi Tsutsumi

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Introduction: Metabolic syndrome is an important public health target because of its high prevalence worldwide. Work-related psychosocial factors have been identified as determinants of metabolic syndrome components. However, there have been no systematic reviews or meta-analyses conducted to evaluate the relationship between work-related psychosocial factors and metabolic syndrome as an aggregated cluster. The aim of this study is to examine this association from published prospective studies. Methods and analysis: The systematic review and meta-analysis will be conducted using published studies that will be identified from electronic databases (ie, PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES and Japan Medical Abstracts Society). Studies that (1) examined the association between work-related psychosocial factors and the onset of metabolic syndrome, (2) had a longitudinal or prospective cohort design, (3) were conducted among workers, (4) provided sufficient data for calculating ORs or relative risk with a 95% CI, (5) were published as original articles written in English or Japanese, and (6) having been published until the end of 2016 will be included. Study selection, data collection, quality assessment and statistical syntheses will be conducted based on discussions among investigators. Ethics and dissemination: Ethics approval was not required for this study because it was based on published studies. The results and findings of this study will be submitted and published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal. The findings from this study could be useful for assessing metabolic syndrome risk factors in the workplace, and determining approaches for prevention of metabolic syndrome in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere016716
JournalBMJ open
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • meta-analysis
  • metabolic syndrome
  • systematic review
  • work-related psychosocial factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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