Working for longer: self‑management of chronic health problems in the workplace

Fehmidah Munir

in Work, Health and Wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428080
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305637 | DOI:
Working for longer: self‑management of chronic health problems in the workplace

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This chapter considers how employees with health problems can maintain their own health, wellbeing and productivity across their working life span. It examines the self-management of health problems (largely mental health problems, cardio-respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal disorders) in the workplace from a bio-psychosocial perspective. The chapter considers the evidence for the success of self-management programmes in healthcare and community settings, and how some of these techniques are currently used by certain organisations for rehabilitating sick employees back to work. It presents a clear argument for the need for workplace health management initiatives and workplace policies to include or integrate self-management programmes to prevent sickness absence and work loss; and to support employees to maintain wellness and work participation.

Keywords: chronic health conditions; common health problems; workplace interventions; self-management; sick leave; work participation; return to work

Chapter.  10482 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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