Justice at Workplace Associated with Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

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Heart Disease and Workplace

A sense of fair treatment in the workplace was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease in a large long-term study of British office workers published in the October 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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People feel a sense of justice at work when they believe their supervisor considers their viewpoint, shares information concerning decision-making and treats individuals fairly and in a truthful manner, according to background information in the article. An earlier study had shown that employees had lower blood pressure on days spent working with a supervisor they perceived as fair. The authors suggest that it is plausible to connect a high level of justice with a reduction in chronic stress and its attendant association with coronary heart disease (CHD).

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