Time trends in the incidence of work-related mental ill-health and musculoskeletal disorders in the UK.

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  • External authors:
  • Roseanne McNamee
  • Susan Turner
  • John Timothy Hodgson
  • Fiona Holland
  • Raymond M Agius


OBJECTIVES: To determine UK trends (from 1996 to 2009) in incidence of work-related mental ill-health and musculoskeletal disorders, for all industry as well as for health and social care employees. Second, to investigate whether there may have been a recent shift from a physical to psychological perspective in how patients present their illness by comparing reporting trends for back pain and 'other work stress'. METHODS: Multilevel models were used to investigate changes in incidence of work-related illness, as diagnosed by specialist physicians. The dependent variable comprised case reports to The Health and Occupation Research network. Comparisons were made between medical specialties, industry (health and social care vs all other employees), gender and diagnosis. RESULTS: Trends for Occupational Physicians' (OP) reporting mental ill-health (average annual increase +3.7% (95% CI +2.2% to +5.2%)) differed significantly (p

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages7
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013