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.

Systematic Reviews on Workplace Interventions and Health

We have conducted systematic reviews of the health impacts of a variety of organisational-level workplace interventions. These include attempts to give employees more say in how workplaces are run, changes to their daily work tasks and team structures, changing shift rotas and macro-level organisational change such as the health and safety effects of privatising nationalised industries. Publications arising from these projects can be viewed below.

Publications

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

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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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Project Staff

Glossary

  • Peer review The process by which academic journals ensure the quality of the papers they publish – by sending them to the authors “peers” to appraise
  • Psychosocial Term used to describe the relationship between the personal, internal environment, and the wider social world. (E.g., from the Oxford English Dictionary: 'the influence of social factors on an individual's mind or behaviour, and to the interrelation of behavioural and social factors').
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