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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1986 June; 36(287): 265–266.
PMCID: PMC1960573

Job-loss and morbidity in a group of employees nearing retirement age


As part of a study of the morbidity of a group of workers made redundant from a meat products factory, the health of employees nearing retirement has been investigated. Consultations, episodes of illness and referrals to and attendances at hospital outpatient departments were recorded annually as the indices of morbidity. With the threat of redundancy a significant increase in morbidity was noted for the male employees but not for the female employees. It is suggested that these men adapt less easily to redundancy than the women.

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