Work and common health problems

J Insur Med. 2007;39(2):109-20.


This paper reviews the evidence on the relationship between work and health. It concludes that, overall, the beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks of work, and are greater than the harmful effects of long-term worklessness. That contrasts with increasing trends of sickness absence, long-term incapacity and ill-health retirement attributed to common health problems. It suggests that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how we think about common health problems and work--in health care, the workplace and society.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actuarial Analysis
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cost of Illness
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Life
  • Occupational Diseases / economics
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Exposure / economics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sick Leave
  • Work / physiology*
  • Work / psychology