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Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health$
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Clare Bambra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.001.0001

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Work, health, and welfare interventions

Work, health, and welfare interventions

(p.163) Chapter 7 Work, health, and welfare interventions
Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Clare Bambra

Oxford University Press

Workplace interventions which eradicate or reduce exposure to known hazards in the workplace (both physical and psychosocial) or include health concerns in the planning of production, as well as those welfare interventions which improve the health of the workless may improve population health; and given the uneven social distribution of work-related ill-health, decrease health inequalities. This chapter examines evidence on the effectiveness of interventions which are intended to change the experience of work and worklessness, with respect to providing examples of how to create healthier work, healthier experiences of worklessness, and a healthy return to work, even within the constraints of unequal capitalist societies. It also considers strategies to tackle health inequalities.

Keywords:   workplace interventions, ill-health, population health, health inequalities

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