Complexities and Challenges: working with multiple health conditions

People who experience multiple long-term health conditions have poorer outcomes for a range of employment-related measures – particularly where there is a combination of mental and physical health conditions – and the chances of being in employment reduces as the number of conditions increases. This paper explores these issues using data from the current literature, a secondary analysis of Health Survey for England 2013 and a new survey of individuals in working age (16-64) with at least two long-term health conditions. We seek to add to the evidence-base around the labour market implications of having multiple health conditions, and how they might be managed to better support people to stay in employment.

Authors: Karen Steadman, Helen Sheldon and Victoria Donnaloja

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