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December/January 2014/2015 (vol. 11/4)

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Ageing workers

There is a shortage of evidence to support the use of work-related interventions to promote sustainable employability of older workers (over 40), this systematic review concludes. Just four papers met inclusion criteria; three of high and one of low methodological quality. There is inconsistent evidence for a positive impact of interventions, either on older workers’ work ability or their productivity. However, there is limited evidence from two studies that interventions can reduce early retirement. One of these comprised OH consultations, the devising of an action plan with recommendations for adjustments and, where necessary, specialist referral; and the other examined financial support for rehabilitation and workplace adjustments. 

  1. The effectiveness of interventions for ageing workers on (early) retirement, work ability and productivity: a systematic review. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 2014; online first: doi: 10.1007/s00420-014-0969-y.

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2014/2015 (vol. 11/4) pp39