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The monitoring and surveillance of the psychosocial work environment in Canada: A forgotten determinant of health

TitleThe monitoring and surveillance of the psychosocial work environment in Canada: A forgotten determinant of health
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSmith, P.., Frank J.. W., and Mustard C.. A.
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Volume99
Pages475 - 477
Keywordscanada, psychological factors, public health, surveillance
Abstract

The psychosocial working environment is an important determinant of health status and health inequalities in Canada. Particular dimensions of the psychosocial work environment such as low job control, job strain and imbalances between perceived efforts and rewards have been related to cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of mortality in Canada) and poorer mental health status. Despite its importance to the health of Canadians and health inequalities in Canada, the national surveillance of the psychosocial work environment is decreasing. Currently, the surveillance of the psychosocial work environment in Statistic Canada's population health surveys is limited to convenience-based samples within particular health regions. Not including important dimensions of the health, such as the psychosocial work environment, in our population-based surveys limits the ability of these surveys to help us better understand the challenges and opportunities to reducing health inequalities in Canada.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19149389
Document URLhttp://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/1699/1883