ERA-net: New and emerging risks in occupational safety and health (osh) – anticipating and dealing with change in the workplace through coordination of osh risk research

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 2000000 SEK


Work-related psychosocial factors and health in subgroups: Individual-participant-data meta-analysis (WORK-IPD) started in March 2010. Other participating countries are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain. Professor Mika Kivimäki at the Institute for Work Hygiene in Helsinki, Finland, is international project coordinator. There are 17 prospective cohorts in the WORK-IPD collaboration with more than 140 000 individuals. Work, Lipids and Fibrinogen (WOLF) – including WOLF-Stockholm and WOLF-Norrland – as well as the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) are the Swedish cohorts. The study enables detailed analyses of relationships between psychosocial work environment factors and different health outcome variables as well as analyses on subgroup levels. Subgroups could be for instance all women, all obese etc. Such analyses have not been possible previously because each study cohort has had too small numbers of participants in subgroups. Since March 2010 effort has been made in collecting and harmonizing information from the participating cohorts. At first exposure and stratification variables have been in focus. When this work has been finished the project will start relating exposure to health outcome variables. In the different study cohorts there are differences in the formulation of questions and number of formulation of response alternatives. Accordingly the group has decided which exposure questions that can be used and how the joint strategy should be. Three scientific manuscripts have been prepared on harmonisation of exposure and confounding variables and distribution of exposure and confounding responses in the total study base at start.

The study offers a unique possibility to establish in an authoritative way the magnitude of the prospective relationship between psychosocial working conditions and important health outcomes not only in the general European working population.

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