From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Income, Employment, Welfare and Health

Income, employment and welfare are recognised as being some of the most important social determinants of health. Research to understand how they impact on health and health inequalities forms an important part of the Programme's work. 

We are currently conducting research on the health impacts of welfare to work interventions on Incapacity Benefit claimants and lone parents.

Past work includes systematic reviews of employment interventions, and new primary research on the impact of organisational restructuring. The systematic reviews have been funded through the ESRC Evidence Network and the Department of Health funded Public Health Research Consortium

 

Publications

2014

Benzeval M, Bond L, Campbell M, Egan M, Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Popham F. How does money influence health?. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2014

open access  

Niedzwiedz C, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. Socioeconomic inequalities in the quality of life of older Europeans in different welfare regimes. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24 :364-370

open access  

Niedzwiedz CL, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. The association between life course socioeconomic position and life satisfaction in different welfare states: European comparative study of individuals in early old age. Age and Ageing 2014;43:431-6

open access  

2012

Gibson M, Thomson H, Banas K, Bambra C, Fenton C, Bond L. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on health and well-being of lone parents and their children [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012:CD009820

open access  

Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz CL, Popham F. Trends in population mental health before and after the 2008 recession: a repeat cross-sectional analysis of the 1991–2010 Health Surveys of England. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001790

open access  

Niedzwiedz CL, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. Life course socio-economic position and quality of life in adulthood: a systematic review of life course models. BMC Public Health 2012;12:628

open access  

2011

Gibson M, Banas K, Thomson H, Bambra C, Bond L, McKee MJ, Lutje V, Fenton C. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on the health and well-being of lone parents and their children. Chief Scientist's Office, Edinburgh, 2011

2010

Skivington K, McCartney G, Thomson H, Bond L. Challenges in evaluating Welfare to Work policy interventions: would an RCT design have been the answer to all our problems?. BMC Public Health 2010;10:254

pubmed  open access  

2009

Bambra C, Gibson M, Sowden A, Wright K, Whitehead M, Petticrew M. Working for health? Evidence from systematic reviews on the effects on health and health inequalities of organisational changes to the work environment. Preventive Medicine 2009;48:454-61

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Egan M, Bambra C, Petticrew M, Whitehead M. Reviewing evidence on complex social interventions: appraising implementation in systematic reviews of the health effects of organisational-level workplace interventions. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2009;63:4-11

pubmed  open access  

2008

Bambra C, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Sowden A, Akers J. Shifting schedules: the health effects of reorganizing shift work. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2008;34:427-434.e30

Bambra C, Whitehead M, Sowden A, Akers J, Petticrew M. A hard day's night? The effects of compressed working week interventions on the health and work-life balance of shift workers: a systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:764-77

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2007

Bambra C, Egan M, Thomas S, Petticrew M, Whitehead M. The psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation 2: a systematic review of task restructuring interventions. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:1028-1037

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Egan M, Bambra C, Thomas S, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Thomson H. The psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation 1: a systematic review of organisational-level interventions that aim to increase employee control. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:945-954

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Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Hamilton V, Drever F. Profits before people? A systematic review of the health and safety impacts of privatising public utilities and industries in developed countries. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:862-870

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