Work-Related Population Health Indicators Academic Article uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based recommendations for work-related population health indicators. METHODS: Drawing on a framework of work-related experiences, we systematically reviewed studies that assess the association between these experiences and health and reviewed related measures at the population level that could be used as indicators. RESULTS: We recommend (and grade the strength of evidence supporting our recommendation for) the following indicators for which data are already routinely collected: unemployment rate (strong), long-term unemployment rate (limited), and permanent lay-off rate (limited). As well, we recommend and grade our support for the following new indicators: insecurity associated with pending job loss (limited), with possible major organizational change (limited), and with actual major organizational change (limited); and job strain (medium). CONCLUSION: These evidence-based indicators can be used to monitor work-related determinants of health and thus to inform the conceptualization, development, and evaluation of policies and programs related to these determinants.


  • Lavis, John
  • Mustard, Cameron A
  • Payne, Jennifer I
  • Farrant, Mark SR

publication date

  • January 2001