Assessing the contribution of working conditions to socioeconomic disparities in health: A commentary
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Occupational Health Disparities
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 95–103, February 2010
How to Cite
Landsbergis, P. A. (2010), Assessing the contribution of working conditions to socioeconomic disparities in health: A commentary. Am. J. Ind. Med., 53: 95–103. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20766
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 AUG 2009
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: R01 OH07577
- Center for Social Epidemiology
- socioeconomic status;
- health disparities;
- working conditions;
- occupational health disparities
Occupational health researchers can play a pivotal role in increasing our understanding of the role of physical and psychosocial working conditions in producing socioeconomic health disparities and trends of increasing socioeconomic health disparities, contributing to interventions to reduce such disparities, and helping to improve public education materials on this subject. However, a number of methodological challenges in this field need to be considered.
Commentary, including a review of selected studies.
Research needs to be guided by models of the associations between social (socioeconomic position (SEP), race/ethnicity, immigration status, and gender) and occupational variables and health, to avoid inappropriate control for confounding, and to specify causal pathways (mediation) and interaction effects. Different approaches to the theory and measurement of SEP also need to be tested. Am. J. Ind. Med. 53:95–103 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.