The health and well-being of remote and mobile workers

Crawford, J.O. and MacCalman, L. and Jackson, C.A. (2011) The health and well-being of remote and mobile workers. Occupational Medicine, 61 (6). pp. 385-394. ISSN 09627480 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: Remote and mobile workers (RMWs), people who spend the majority of work time away from a home or office base, are estimated to number 1 million in the UK and Ireland. A number of advantages and challenges have been identified with this way of working but little is known about the impact of this type of work on the health and well-being of RMWs. Aims: To identify any potential health or psychosocial effects associated with remote and mobile working, identify ergonomic factors that impact on this group and ascertain the effect of organizational or management factors that influence this occupational group. Methods: A systematic review methodology was used and a search strategy developed including keywords, which were used to search electronic databases and websites. Data were then extracted from included papers and quality assessed. Results: Initial searches identified 280 references but only 11 papers reached the inclusion criteria.Health effects identified included musculoskeletal symptoms associated with higher mileage and more time in a vehicle but a number of vehicle design issues were found to improve symptoms. Psychosocial factors including high demands were also found but better mental health was associated with higher mileage and more time with clients. There was a lack of substantive evidence in relation to managing this group. Conclusions: There is little research currently available on the general health of RMWs and future research should examine this further and focus on general health and access to support services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ergonomics, Occupational health, Occupational mental health, Remote and mobile working, employment, health status, human, migration, musculoskeletal disease, occupational disease, occupational health, organization and management, psychological aspect, review, Employment, Health Status, Humans, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Occupational Diseases, Occupational Health, Transients and Migrants
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 15:00
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 15:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2088

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