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Work, health, and welfare interventions

Clare Bambra

in Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588299
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.003.0007
Work, health, and welfare interventions

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Workplace interventions which eradicate or reduce exposure to known hazards in the workplace (both physical and psychosocial) or include health concerns in the planning of production, as well as those welfare interventions which improve the health of the workless may improve population health; and given the uneven social distribution of work-related ill-health, decrease health inequalities. This chapter examines evidence on the effectiveness of interventions which are intended to change the experience of work and worklessness, with respect to providing examples of how to create healthier work, healthier experiences of worklessness, and a healthy return to work, even within the constraints of unequal capitalist societies. It also considers strategies to tackle health inequalities.

Keywords: workplace interventions; ill-health; population health; health inequalities

Chapter.  9252 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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