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Thomas Ashton Institute

Work and health

How work and health outcomes are intimately interlinked, and what interventions can improve health outcomes.

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This theme will improve understanding of work as a cause of ill-health, but also other work impacts on health and health impacts on work. It will consider how occupational health evidence and data collection may be modernised, and links occupational research to wider studies in other areas. Priorities will be mental health (understanding causes, prevention, impacts and management of workforce stress), musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases induced by exposure in the workplace, but research on other health areas will be undertaken as opportunities arise to exploit synergies with other areas.

It links with The University of Manchester's expertise in occupational psychology, occupational health, epidemiology and health records; and with HSE’s science programme on Health and Future Evidence.

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