Psychosocial Factors at Work: The Epidemiological Perspective

  • Mika KivimäkiEmail author
  • Archana Singh-Manoux
  • G. David Batty
  • Marianna Virtanen
  • Jane E. Ferrie
  • Jussi Vahtera


The belief that adverse psychosocial work factors or “stresses at work” affect health is widespread in the general public and media. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of mortality and disability in the industrialised world and the health outcome, which has been most commonly related to work stress. Interestingly, however, the status of psychosocial factors at work as a cause of CHD is still a controversial issue, despite evidence accumulated over decades.


Psychosocial factors Epidemiological perspective INTERHEART study Prospective analysis Long-term exposure Iso-strain Coronary heart disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mika Kivimäki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Archana Singh-Manoux
    • 2
  • G. David Batty
    • 1
  • Marianna Virtanen
    • 3
  • Jane E. Ferrie
    • 1
  • Jussi Vahtera
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Epidemiology & Population HealthHôpitaux de ParisVillejuif CedexFrance
  3. 3.Unit of Expertise for Work OrganizationsFinnish Institute of Occupational HealthHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Department of Public HealthUniversity of Turku and Turku University HospitalTurkuFinland

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