Coronary Heart Disease & Job Insecurity: Is There A Link?

Research Paper Title

Perceived Job Insecurity as a Risk Factor for Incident Coronary Heart Disease: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Study Question

Is self reported job insecurity associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease?

Summary Answer

Summary estimates across four published and 13 unpublished studies suggest a modest association between perceived job insecurity and incident coronary heart disease.

What is Known and What This Paper Adds

Although job insecurity has been linked to self reported symptoms of poor health, the relation between job insecurity and incident coronary heart disease (CHD) has remained unclear. This systematic review has shown a modest association between self reported job insecurity and CHD, which is partly attributable to poor socioeconomic circumstances and less favourable risk factor profiles among people reporting high job insecurity.

Source: BMJ 2013;347:f4746.

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