Impact of organisational change on mental health: A systematic review

Simon Grandjean Bamberger, Anker Lund Vinding, Anelia Larsen, Peter Nielsen, Kirsten Fonager, René Nesgaard Nielsen, Pia Køhler Ryom, Øyvind Omland

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Abstract

Although limited evidence is available, organisational
change is often cited as the cause of mental health
problems. This paper provides an overview of the
current literature regarding the impact of organisational
change on mental health. A systematic search in
PUBMED, PsychInfo and Web of Knowledge combining
MeSH search terms for exposure and outcome. The
criterion for inclusion was original data on exposure to
organisational change with mental health problems as
outcome. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies
were included. We found in 11 out of 17 studies, an
association between organisational change and
elevated risk of mental health problems was observed,
with a less provident association in the longitudinal
studies. Based on the current research, this review
cannot provide sufficient evidence of an association
between organisational change and elevated risk of
mental health problems. More studies of long-term
effects are required including relevant analyses of
confounders.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume69
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)592-598
ISSN1351-0711
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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