A long-term cohort study of British civil servants that was started in 1967. The aim of the first phase was to explore the relationship of cardiovascular disease to stress, social status, individuals' location in the hierarchical administrative structure of the civil service, access to and use of leisure facilities, and numerous other social and behavioral variables. This is summarized at http://www.workhealth.org/projects/pwhitew.html. The second phase focused on stress, perceived status, and self-esteem. The progress of this study of work and health is reported at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/whitehallII/. These studies and others have demonstrated the importance of social and psychosocial factors as determinants of health.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.