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Work, Health and WellbeingThe Challenges of Managing Health at Work$
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Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson, and Ross Wilkie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428080

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.001.0001

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Working for longer: self‑management of chronic health problems in the workplace

Working for longer: self‑management of chronic health problems in the workplace

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(p.207) Eleven Working for longer: self‑management of chronic health problems in the workplace
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Work, Health and Wellbeing
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Fehmidah Munir

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0011

This chapter considers how employees with health problems can maintain their own health, wellbeing and productivity across their working life span. It examines the self-management of health problems (largely mental health problems, cardio-respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal disorders) in the workplace from a bio-psychosocial perspective. The chapter considers the evidence for the success of self-management programmes in healthcare and community settings, and how some of these techniques are currently used by certain organisations for rehabilitating sick employees back to work. It presents a clear argument for the need for workplace health management initiatives and workplace policies to include or integrate self-management programmes to prevent sickness absence and work loss; and to support employees to maintain wellness and work participation.

Keywords:   chronic health conditions, common health problems, workplace interventions, self-management, sick leave, work participation, return to work

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