Relationship between commuting and health outcomes in a cross-sectional population survey in southern Sweden – E. Hansson, K. Mattisson, J. Björk, P. Östergren and K. Jakobsson, BMC Public Health 2011, 11:834

The need for a mobile workforce inevitably means that the length of the total work day (working and traveling time) will increase, but the health effects of commuting have been surprisingly little studied apart from perceived stress and the benefits of physically active commuting. The results of this study are concordant with the few earlier studies in the field, in that associations were found between commutation and negative health outcomes. This further demonstrates the need to consider the negative side-effects of commuting when discussing policies aimed at increasing the mobility of the workforce. Studies identifying population groups with increased susceptibility are warranted.

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