REWHARD - RElations, Work and Health across the life-course - A Research Data infrastructure
REWHARD (RElations, Work and Health across the life-course - A Research Data infrastructure) is a national infrastructure consortium that seeks to promote research on a central issue regarding human welfare: how activities (especially in paid and unpaid work) and social relations (both in and outside the workplace) are related to living conditions, lifestyles and health development over the life course. The consortium therefore works to ensure the long term survival, development and nationwide use of 8 complementary, high-quality longitudinal databases with multiple repeated investigations, both self-reported and register-based, of exposures and health outcomes from childhood through adulthood and into old age.
The infrastructure project includes the following studies: SLOSH (Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health), LNU (LevnadsNivåUndersökningen), IMAS (Insurance Medicine – All Sweden), and STODS (The Swedish Twin project Of Disability pension and Sickness absence).
Research based on REWHARD is developed from theories from different fields of research, such as psychology, sociology, economics, medicine and public health and will be able to answer a variety of questions about living and working conditions, public policy, and how individual choices affect the long-term development of the health and wellbeing of the population in relation to the challenges of an aging population, changes in employment and high immigration. REWHARD should therefore be of great importance for society by providing politicians and other decision-makers valuable, scientifically substantiated basis for decision making.
Current studies in REWHARD
Hugo Westerlund, Professor, Division Manager for Epidemiology, Stockholm University