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Joseph J. Hurrell

In: Handbook of Work Stress

Chapter 27: Organizational Stress Intervention

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Organizational Stress Intervention
Organizational stress intervention
Joseph J.Hurrell, Jr.

During the past 50 years, understanding of the causes of work-related illnesses and injuries has grown dramatically (Rom, 1998). In contrast, however, knowledge of how to utilize this understanding for prevention and intervention purposes remains limited (Schulte, Goldenhar, & Connally, 1996). This situation is especially troublesome when one considers not only the human toll of work-related illnesses and injuries but the massive drain on national economies that results from them. As mentioned over 30 years ago in Work in America (1973), a seminal report to the U.S. secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, work represents an institutional tool that could be effectively used to improve the health of workers and thereby reduce the staggering costs of health care.

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