Health, Work and Wellbeing Network

Bringing together people interested in health, work and wellbeing research

Principal Investigator: Mark Petticrew (London School of Hygiene of Tropical Medicine)
Co-Investigator: Margaret Whitehead (University of Liverpool)

Funder: ESRC as part of work of ESRC Centre for Evidence-based Public Health Policy, followed by DH PRP (as partners in DH Public Health Research Consortium)
Date: 2005-2008

Aims: To systematically review primary studies on the health and wellbeing impacts of organisational-level interventions to change the psychosocial aspects of the work environment to increase employee control (the demand-control-support model).

Design: Systematic reviews of published and unpublished intervention studies in any language that evaluated the health or wellbeing effects of such interventions in electronic databases, organisational websites and bibliographies. Studies were critically appraised and the best available evidence was narratively synthesised.

Bambra, C., Gibson, M., Sowden, A., Wright, K., Whitehead, M. and Petticrew, M. (2009) Working for health? Evidence from systematic reviews on the effects on health and health inequalities of organisational changes to the psychosocial work environment. Preventive Medicine, 48: 454-462.

Egan, M., Bambra, C., Thomas, S., Petticrew, M., Whitehead, M. and Thomson, H. (2007) 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 and Community Health, 61:945-954.

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

Egan, M., Bambra, C., Petticrew, M. and Whitehead, M. (2009) Reviewing evidence on complex social interventions: appraising implementation in systematic reviews of the health effects of organisational-level workplace interventions. JECH, 63: 4-11.