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Evidence-based Public HealthEffectiveness and efficiency$
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Amanda Killoran and Mike P. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563623.001.0001

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Workplace and mental well-being: the Whitehall II study

Workplace and mental well-being: the Whitehall II study

(p.270) Chapter 17 Workplace and mental well-being: the Whitehall II study
Evidence-based Public Health

Mika Kivimäki

Jane E Ferrie

Michael Marmot

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to provide policy makers, researchers, organizations, and individuals working in the public health sphere with an understanding of the evidence on how factors at work might influence mental wellbeing. It uses the Whitehall II study, one of the leading cohort studies in the field, as an illustrative example. This chapter provides an overview of major theories, describes the assessment methods used to measure mental wellbeing in the Whitehall II study, and reviews the main research findings. Finally, it discusses next steps for research, including suggestions for evidence-based interventions to minimize adverse effects on mental health and promote wellbeing at work.

Keywords:   mental health, public health, Whitehall II study, evidence-based interventions, employee health, occupational health

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