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Work, health and wellbeing
The challenges of managing health at work

Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson, Ross Wilkie
Hardback, 304 pages, 234 x 156 mm
14 Dec 2011


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"This book works very well as a collection of different perspectives on health in the workplace. It offers a wide range of material that is scholarly and written by people with expertise in their areas of interest."
Chris Yuill, Robert Gordon University
"The interdisciplinary nature of the network of contributors recognizes the complexity of the issues."
The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

About This Book

The relationship between health and work is widely recognised as complex and multifaceted. In the context of an ageing population our ability to enable people with health issues to continue working is becoming more critical. This multi-disciplinary volume brings together original research from diverse disciplinary backgrounds investigating how we can define and operationalise a bio-psychosocial model of ill-health to improve work participation in middle and later life.

Author Biography

Sarah Vickerstaff is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Kent, UK. Her research focuses on paid work and the life-course. Chris Phillipson is Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University, UK. His research focuses on policy issues relating to work and retirement. Ross Wilkie is RCUK Fellow in Epidemiology in the Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Centre at Keele University. His research focuses on the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on work and participation.


Work, health and wellbeing: an introduction ~ Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson and Ross Wilkie
Musculoskeletal disorders: challenges and opportunities ~ Ross Wilkie
Common mental health problems and work ~ Annie Irvine
Comparing health and employment in England and the USA ~ David Lain
Re-evaluating trends in the employment of disabled people in Britain ~ Ben Baumberg
The current state of vocational rehabilitation services ~ Joanne Ross
The changing profile of incapacity claimants ~ Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill
Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work ~ David Wainwright, Elaine Wainwright, Rachel Black and Susan Keynon
The fall of work stress and the rise of wellbeing ~ David Wainwright and Mike Calnan
'Work Ability': a practical model for improving the quality of work, health and wellbeing across the life-course? ~ Tony Maltby
Working for longer: self-management of chronic health problems in the workplace ~ Femidah Munir
Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS ~ Julia Gibbs, Wendy Loretto, Tina Kowalski and Stephen Platt
Education and training in the workplace ~ Chris Phillipson
Conclusion: setting the agenda for future research ~ Chris Phillipson, Ross Wilkie and Sarah Vickerstaff


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Work, health and wellbeing
Work, Health and Wellbeing provides a life-course approach to understanding wellbeing in the contemporary workplace. A thematic focus of the book is the extension of workplace life in an era of delayed retirement. Inside its pages, editors Vickerstaff, Phillipson and Wilkie successfully balance the tensions between the maintenance of productive 21st century work environments and the importance of health and wellbeing within those environments. Grounded in a biopsychosocial model of the illness experience, the edited collection of essays and research papers is a useful resource for students, educators, policy makers and human resource departments.
Reviewed by Dan Allman

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