Work, health and wellbeing: an introduction

Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson and Ross Wilkie

in Work, Health and Wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428080
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305637 | DOI:
Work, health and wellbeing: an introduction

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This chapter traces the growing concern with health issues at work and examines the argument that work is good for health. It reviews trends in health and the self-reporting of limiting illnesses. A summary is provided of the developments in public policy for managing health at work in the context of an ageing population, high levels of people on incapacity benefits and the government's case that work is the best form of welfare. The chapter argues that a bio-psychosocial model of the ‘illness experience’ derived from a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to understand how people and organisations can better manage health conditions at work.

Keywords: extending working life; good work; health and safety; sickness absence; activation policies; fit notes; illness experience; ill health

Chapter.  6815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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