Eurofound has explored the area of health, in the broader sense, by examining the physical, mental and social well-being of workers, including illness and disability issues. More recently, research has focused on young people with disabilities or health problems.
In relation to workplace health, there are three main issues to be considered: health problems; risk exposure; and work organisation. Foundation studies have identified that the two most frequent work-related health problems are musculoskeletal disorders, and stress, depression and anxiety problems. An ageing workforce is also a significant factor in any examination of health-related problems in the workplace.
With Europe's ageing population and declining rates of fertility, the need for better health care and social services is set to increase dramatically. The European Monitoring Centre on Change highlights these contributing factors, as well as outlining visions for the future and their policy implications. On the subject of healthcare and care workers, recent research from the European Quality of Life Survey provides an analysis of the views and experiences of citizens in relation to health and care services in the 'new' Europe.
- European Working Conditions Surveys
Regular pan-European surveys on working conditions: the first survey was carried out in 1990 and the fifth in 2010
- EWCO updates on working conditions issues
Regular updates from EWCO correspondents on the latest data and developments, at national and EU level
- European Quality of Life Surveys
Regular surveys monitoring and analysing quality of life and living conditions across Europe
- Eurlife - an interactive database of statistical indicators
Describes living conditions and quality of life in Europe; it includes data from the Foundation's surveys on living and working conditions, and from other comparable EU-wide data sources