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18/3/2016

CEXS-UPF: Permanent disability is more common in people with an unstable working life

CEXS-UPF: Permanent disability is more common in people with an unstable working life


News from CEXS-UPF


The Center for Research in Occupational Health (CiSAL) of Pompeu Fabra University has conducted the Spanish WORKing life Social Security study (WORKss), funded by the Health Institute Carlos III and the CIBER in Epidemiology and Public Health, providing unique results about the impact that the labor trajectory and employment conditions have over the worker's health.

The data used originated from the the Social Security system in Spain and formed by more than 1 million people across the country. The epidemiological study WORKs has been linked with the registries of short-term disability to study medical diagnoses that lead to permanent disability and consequently to an earlier exit from the labor market in conditions of ill health. From WORKs study we conducted several analyses focused on sickness absence and permanent disability. Among the results, it is noteworthy the strong influence of that job instability has to health: men who have 15 or more labor contracts throughout their life or with 5 or more inactive periods in the Social Security leave the labor market due to permanent disability leave almost 5 years earlier than male workers with stable jobs and less idle periods. (Specifically, 4,8 and 4,6 years earlier, respectively.)

More information:
CEXS-UPF Website

Reference work:
María Andrée López Gómez, Xavier Durán, Elena Zaballa, Albert Sanchez-Niubo, George L Delclos, Fernando G Benavides. Cohort profile: the Spanish WORKing life Social Security (WORKss) cohort study. BMJ Open Marzo 2016. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008555