Health-improving interventions for obtaining employment in unemployed job seeker

This review by Hult et colleages, aims to asses if health improving interventions have an impact in the acquisition of a job by unemployed job seekers.
Literature has shown how higher rates of both mortality and morbidity appear to be higher in unemployed compared to employed people. Additionally, re-employment improves self-rated health and quality of life.
A deterioration in health and health perception of unemployed people can therefore inhibit re-employment and seek for a job.
A total of 15 randomised controlled trials were included in this revision, that meant a total of 16 interventions and 6397 unemployed participants. Interventions included cognitive behavioural therapy, physical exercise and health-related advice and counselling or they combined therapeutics and job-search training. The mean age of the participants was 38 years.
This review concludes with an uncertain evidence than therapeutic interventions compared to no interventions for those people who are unemployed and seeking for on, may increase employment at long-term, though the average follow up was 4 months. The authors advice to perform studies with a longer period of follow up because of the distinct employability perspectives and needs for support.

Commented by Sara Laxe