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Elevated suicide risk among veterinary surgeons

An accumulating body of research demonstrates that risk of suicide varies between occupational groups. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that veterinary surgeons are a group at risk. A systematic review of studies of rates and methods of suicide in the veterinary profession shows that there appears to be an elevated risk of suicide for veterinary surgeons in several countries.

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Filed under: Job well being, Psychosocial disorders, Psychosocial exposure, Stress, Well-being, , ,

So tired!

A high prevalence  of fatigue and need for recovery (NFR) was found in highly educated women (35.2%). In particular those aged 50–64 years (40.3%). The situational, working conditions and health factors in the researchers’ model did not explain the gender differences among highly educated employees. Time pressure in work largely explained the differences in NFR among women at different education levels (crude OR 1.44; CI = 1.4–1.5, adjusted OR 1.14; CI = 1.0–1.3). In the age comparison, lower health ratings, more adverse working conditions, and working as a teacher explained older highly educated women’s high prevalence of high NFR (crude OR 1.32; CI = 1.2–1.5, adjusted OR 0.94; CI = 0.8–1.2).

Work-related fatigue: the speciffic case of highly educated women in the Netherlands
Petra Verdonk · Wendela E. Hooftman · Marc J. P. M. van Veldhoven · Louise R. M. Boelens · Lando L. J. Koppes
Int Arch Occup Environ Health, 2009
DOI 10.1007/s00420-009-0481-y123 Read the rest of this entry »

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Positive illness perceptions associated with earlier return to work

A patient’s perception of their illness can influence their coping ability, compliance with treatment and functional recovery. This study compares perceptions of illness, fitness to return to work and time to return to work among employees with those of their occupational physicians (OPs). 84 employees and 9 OPs filled in several questionnaires including the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire. Employees had more negative perceptions (longer duration, more symptoms and concersn) about their illness than OPs. Positive perceptions (shorter lasting illness, more treatable, less symptoms and concern) were associated with an earlier return to work. Unhelpful negative beliefs about illness need to be addressed by OPs.

Perceptions of illness and their impact on sickness absence
Prosenjit Giri, Jon Poole, Peter Nightingale and Alastair Robertson
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(8):550-555; doi:10.1093/occmed/kqp123 Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Health, Occupational medicine, RTW (Return to Work), Well-being,

View on Het Nieuwe Werken (HNM) by Getronics

Someone gave me a link to this little movie on YouTube about the effects of the new way of working (“het nieuwe werken” – HNW). Empty offices, empty high ways, empty parking lot. The movie produced by Getronics is launched because of their campaign on the new way of working: mobile, from home, smarter etc. Whether this will end this way, I don’t know, but it’s funny. It’s called in Dutch ‘Het einde van de kantoortijden is nabij’
which means ‘the end of office hours is there’. Enjoy!

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Work is good for your health and well-being

Although this blog may seem mainly occupied with dangers and risks of work and working, I am convinced that work is essentially good for us in many ways. Working is better for our health than being without employment. One of the important studies into this subject came from Gordon Waddell and Kim Burton: IS WORK GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING? (2006). You can read the review online, but here is their main conclusion:

“There is a strong evidence base showing that work is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being. Worklessness is associated with poorer physical and mental health and well-being. Work can be therapeutic and can reverse the adverse health effects of unemployment. That is true for healthy people of working age, for many disabled people, for most people with common health problems and for social security beneficiaries.
The provisosare that account must be taken of the nature and quality of work and its social context; jobs should be safe and accommodating. Overall, the beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks of work, and are greater than the harmful effects of long-term unemployment or prolonged sickness absence. Work is generally good for health and well-being.”

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