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Analysis of the Correlates of Self Reported Work Related Illness in the Labour Force Survey

Funder(s): Health and Safety Executive

Funding: £25,000

Start Date: January 2010

End Date: June 2010 

Research Team

Rhys Davies, WISERD Cardiff
Huw Lloyd Williams, Business School, Bangor University
Emma Wadsworth, Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC), Cardiff University

Overview

Work has long been acknowledged as an important social determinant of health with research being conducted as to how a range of workplace, personal and job characteristics influence occupational health. Recent research has demonstrated the importance of the economic environment in terms of understanding movements in rates of workplace injury, both in terms of changes in the industrial and occupational composition of employment and the location of the economy within the business cycle.

This report builds upon this evidence to provide an analysis of work related ill-health within the United Kingdom based upon data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS). The objectives of this research are to gain a better understanding of how personal, workplace and job characteristics impact upon health and in turn, how changes in the labour market contribute to our understanding of observed changes in work related ill-health within the UK and to reflect on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the LFS as a mechanism for collecting data on the incidence of work related ill-health.

This project aimed to study the predictors of positive response to the Self-Reported Work-Related Illness question in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and whether these are stable over time and across population sub-groups.  In the light of these findings, the study assessed the reliability of Self Reported Work-related Illness (SWI) responses as a measure of occupational (ill) health. 

The research programme aimed to gain a better understanding of how work impacts upon health and how these relationships contribute to our understanding of observed trends.  The topic of work related ill-health is important in the context of high rates of illness/incapacity benefit claimants observed within Wales. 

Deliverables

The research resulted in a report to the HSE and a submission to an international occupational health/epidemiological journal. 

Final Report

Final report available for download here.

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