THIS BLOG

MP120111AH2_029-1I am Tom Cox: I am an organizational psychologist of some experience broadly specialising in occupational health issues relating to work, health and the sustainability of working life. One of my particular concerns is cancer survivorship and working life.

I hold Chairs at three universities. My primary affiliation is with Birkbeck University of London where I hold the Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management and am Director of he Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics. I am also heavily involved in the METIS Collaboration as its Co Director. METIS is hosted at the University of Aberdeen by the Academic Urology Unit in the School of Medicine & Dentistry. I hold an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology at that University. Last but not least, I have an Emeritus Chair in Organizational Psychology at the University of Nottingham in the Department of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology.

This is my personal and work blog. The Blog shares news of my current research, my professional activities and opinions, my other interests and my travels. It also copies in my Twitter accounts which are focused on Economic & Political News and Occupational & Public Health News and RSS feeds in my areas of interest. The Blog incorporates some material from The OHP Review which I originally published as an online guide to Occupational Health Psychology.

imagesThe blog has achieved over 13,000 hits. Recently, the main ones have been the UK and Australia, then the USA, Taiwan, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany. However, the blog also seems to have some appeal in countries such as Barbados, Cote d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Syria and Nepal!

The BLOG ADDRESS is: http://www.proftcox.com.
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OCTOBER: NEW PUBLICATION BY LRHS AUSTRALIA

RETURNING HOME: PSYCHOSOCIAL CARE DURING THE RE-ENTRY PHASE OF CANCER SURVIVORSHIP IN RURAL AUSTRALIA

imagesJanice Pascal and her colleagues, at La Trobe Rural Health School, Victoria, have just published an interesting paper in the European Journal of Cancer Care on  the psychosocial care offered to those diagnosed and treated with cancer in rural Victoria (Australia).  The European Journal of Cancer Care has an impact factor of 1.762 and is ranked 40th of 85 journals in Health Care Sciences & Services and 150th of 202 Oncology journals.

The purpose of this research was to highlight gaps in formal psychosocial care for cancer survivors in rural communities. Psychosocial was defined as the “psychological, behavioural and social aspects of illness and its consequences”. Janice Pascal and her colleagues found that psychosocial care was provided informally within the period after cancer diagnosis and treatment when people re-enter their community. Current Australian clinical guidelines on psychosocial care for people with cancer indicate the need for the provision of formal psychosocial care (National Breast Cancer Centre and National Cancer Control Initiative, 2003). Despite this, participants in their study largely cared for themselves, or received informal support from family, friends and community members. Many psychosocial care needs remained unmet and professional support appeared lacking.

jwpascalJanice Pascal and her colleagues argue that their findings have implications for the development of new protocols for treatment and discharge planning, which have a greater emphasis on the health professional–patient–family relationships, and the long-term well-being of cancer survivors living in rural communities. A model for understanding the experience of formal supportive care during the re-entry phase of survivorship is provided in the paper.

The paper’s reference is: Pascal J., Johnson N., Dickson-Swift V. and Kenny A. (2014) Returning home: psychosocial care during the re-entry phase of cancer survivorship in rural Australia. European Journal of Cancer Care. (early view) Doi: 10.1111/ecc.12232

The paper can be accessed at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.12232/full
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OCTOBER: PAPER PUBLISHED

ADAPTING NARRATIVE EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR CHINESE EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS: A PILOT RANDOMISED CONTROLLED FEASIBILITY STUDY

0512-for-webEARTHQUAKEmapOur empirical paper describing a pilot trial of our narrative expressive therapy intervention, working with Sichuan earthquake survivors, has now been published in BMC Psychiatry (see earlier post).  The author version of the paper can be accessed at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/14/262/email?from=email

It can be cited as: Zang, Y., Hunt, N., and Cox, T. (In press) Adapting Narrative Exposure Therapy for Chinese earthquake survivors: A pilot randomised controlled feasibility study. BMC Psychiatry, 14:262.
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OCTOBER: OH PUBLICATION & NEWS

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH [AT WORK] JOURNAL
http://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/occupationalhealthatwork/

logo-1Occupational Health [at Work] is a unique on-line publication designed to bring together all the occupational health disciplines by offering a dependable single source of expertly written legal, practical and management occupational health information. It is published six times a yearly by The @Work Partnership which is an independent publisher specialising in occupational health and disability at work issues.

The October / November 2014 (volume 11/3) is now available. and its contents page can be a viewed at: http://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/occupationalhealthatwork/past_issues/vol11issue3.pdf

This journal is to be recommended to all those actively involved in occupational health in the UK but is also of interest to occupational health practitioners and researchers further afield.
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SEPTEMBER: INTERESTING PAPER

GIVING UP WORK COMPLETELY ON RETIREMENT COULD BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

I found this study by chance but it is interesting and of personal relevance.

ocp-150[1]The study is of a nationally representative sample of 12,189 retirees from the first 4 waves of the US Health and Retirement Study (National Institute of Aging). The participants were interviewed about their health, finances, employment history and about their working or retirement lives every two years over a six-year period beginning in 1992.

The data suggest that retirees who took on temporary or part-time work (bridge employment) experienced fewer major diseases and appeared to function better day to day. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that compared with full retirement, engaging in bridge employment either in the retiree’s career field or in a different field was associated with fewer major diseases and functional limitations and with better mental health. These findings were significant even after considering people’s physical and mental health before retirement and controlling for age, sex, educational level and socio-economic status. Of course, there could be several confounding factors and the authors discuss the short comings of the research in their paper. However, more recent research does appear to generally support these finds.

Zhan, Y., Wang, M., Liu, S., and Shulktz, K.S. (2009) Bridge employment and retirees’ health: A longitudinal investigation. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 374-389. doi: 10.1037/a0015285
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION

CALCULATING THE COST OF WORK-RELATED STRESS AND PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS

cover_imageThe European Agency for Safety & Health at Work has published our literature review on the costs of work-related stress and exposure to psychosocial hazards. The publication was commissioned by the Agency as part of its European Risk Observatory programme.  The review can be cited as:

Hassard, J., Teoh, K., Cox, T., Dewe, P.D., Cosmar, M., Grundler, R., Flemming, D., Cosemans, B., and Van den Broek, K. (2014) Calculating the Cost of Work-related Stress and Psychosocial Risks. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.      ISBN: 978-92-9240-420-8; doi: 10.2802/20493

This publication is available at: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/literature_reviews/calculating-the-cost-of-work-related-stress-and-psychosocial-risks/view

I would like to thank Juliet Hassard for her excellent work in managing the review process and in the developing the report and Kevin Teoh for the help and support that he gave her. I would also like to thank my other colleagues and friends in the CSWL, Birkbeck University of London UK, DGUV, Germany, and PREVENT, Belgium. Finally, we would all like to thank Malgorzata Milczarek of the Agency for her management of this project.

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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION

ADAPTING NARRATIVE EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR CHINESE EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS: A PILOT RANDOMISED CONTROLLED FEASIBILITY STUDY

logoWe have had an empirical paper describing a pilot trial of our narrative expressive therapy intervention, working with Sichuan earthquake survivors, accepted for publication in BMC Psychiatry. This is the second paper on the use of narrative expressive therapy with earthquake survivors in China. BMC Psychiatry’s impact factor is: 2.24.  It is ranked 42nd out of a 149 psychiatry journals. The paper can be cited as:

Zang, Y., Hunt, N., and Cox, T. (In press) Adapting Narrative Exposure Therapy for Chinese earthquake survivors: A pilot randomised controlled feasibility study. BMC Psychiatry.

My thanks go to Yinyin Zang for crafting this paper through and also to my colleague in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham, Nigel Hunt.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION

LEADER-MEMBER EXCHANGE ACROSS TWO HIERARCHICAL LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP: CONCURRENT INFLUENCES ON WORK CHARACTERISTICS AND EMPLOYEE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH.

twst20.v027.i04.coverWe have had our empirical paper on Leader – Member Exchange (LMX)  accepted for publication in Work & Stress (TF Informa). The journal’s impact factor is: 2.14.  It is ranked 18th out of a 181 applied psychology journals. The paper can be cited as:

Karanika-Murray, M., Bartholomew, K.J., Williams, G., and Cox, T. (In press). Leader-Member Exchange across two hierarchical levels of leadership: Concurrent influences on work characteristics and employee psychological health. Work & Stress.

My particular thanks go to Maria Karanika-Murray for crafting this paper through and to all my other colleagues at Nottingham Trent and East Anglia Universities who were involved.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW PUBLICATION

HUGHES SYNDROME & QUALITY OF LIFE

UnknownWe have had our empirical paper on Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome: description of population and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the SF-36  accepted for publication in LUPUS (SAGE Publications). The journal’s impact factor is: 2.481. It is ranked 15th out of 30 Rheumatology journals. The paper can be cited as:

GeorgopoulouS., Efraimidou, S., MacLennan, SJ., Ibrahim, F and Cox, T. (in press) Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome: description of population and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the SF-36. LUPUS.

My particular thanks go to Sofia Georgopoulou for crafting this paper through and to all my other colleagues at Kings College and Aberdeen University who were involved.
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SEPTEMBER: NEW ESRC GRANT

ESRC SEMINAR SERIES: SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF THOSE WITH CANCER: PSYCHOSOCIAL;, ORGANIZATIONAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

8-2754esrc-logoWe have been awarded one of the new ESRC Seminar Series grants to discuss the psychosocial, organisational and economic issues that relate to the employment of those with cancer. The grant has been awarded to the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck University of London working with the Academic Urology Unit, University of Aberdeen, and the Institute of Health & Society, University of Newcastle, with the support of other bodies. It is part of The METIS Collaboration’s programme of work. It covers a three year programme of seminars, discussion groups and internet-based networking. My thanks to my colleagues who helped put together this successful application especially Dr Sara MacLennan and Professor Phillip Dewe.

This blog (and the Centre’s web page) will carry more details of the developing programme as they emerge but will welcome all expressions of interest to: t.cox@bbk.ac.uk.

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LOOKING FORWARD: IPOS 2014 LISBON

16th WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY : LISBON

01-IPOSThe International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is holding its 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Lisbon, Portugal, 20-24 October 2014. IPOS is partnered by  the Portuguese Psycho-Oncology Society (SPPO), the Portuguese Academy of Psycho-Oncology (APPO), the Portuguese Society of Studies in Onco-Psychology (SPEPO), and VIVA Mulher Viva Association (VMVA). The 16th World Congress will also mark the 30th Anniversary of IPOS.

The meeting will explore new and innovative paths in addressing the Congress theme: Integrating Psycho-Oncology into Mainstream Cancer Care: From Research to Action.

UnknownAs part of the Congress, Phyllis Butow (University of Sydney) has organised a symposium on Stress and Burnout in Oncology Health Professionals. I will be one of her speakers presenting an Overview on Stress, Coping and Health in Oncology Nurses. The paper will be presented on behalf of my colleagues in the METIS Collaboration including Phillip Dewe, Sara MacLennan and Juliert Hassard.
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