Dr Paula HollandLecturer
My research focusses on the production of gender and social inequalities in health, primarily through the relationship betweeen work and health. Areas of interest and expertise include: social inequalities in the employment and financial consequences of disabilities and long-term conditions (LTC); experiences of working with a disability/LTC; interventions to support work retention and return to work; and the relationship between unemployment and health.
I am a member of the Arthritis Research UK/MRC National Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work which aims to find cost-effective ways to reduce work disability among individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. I am a member of Lancaster University's cross-faculty Work and Health Forum.
My previous research includes qualitative research on experiences of working after onset of rheumatoid arthritis, and the role of workplace adjustments and organisational policies in facilitating/hindering work retention; the analysis of Swedish register data to investigate social inequalities in employment and income among people with musculoskeletal disorders, ischaemic heart disease and mental illness; and analysis of international datasets to explore gender and social inequalities in labour market participation among disabled and chronically ill people across OECD countries.
- The role of workplace adjustments and organisational policies in influencing work retention in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Improving communication about sickness absence between individuals, GPs and employers using the Fit Note. With PhD student Maciek Dobras.
- The health and wellbeing of unemployed participants of Active Labour Market Programmes.
- The use of social work services by children, young people and families in 4 UK cohort studies (funded by the Nuffield Foundation).
- Equity in access to TB services in Nigeria. With PhD student Olajumoke Onazi.
- Toronto's Heat Weather Response System: does it address the needs of the most vulnerable? With PhD student Rajesh Benny.
- Health professionals’ perceptions, attitudes and experiences regarding health care provision to immigrants in Greece. With PhD student Charalampos Milionis.
- Factors influencing the management of, and prescribing practices for infants presenting with symptom of gastro oesophageal reflux. With PhD student Jean Cowie.
From 2011-2014 I was the Director of Studies for the PhD in Public Health. This doctoral programme provides opportunities for professionals working within the field of public health to gain a deeper and more critical insight into their practice. The format of the programme (part-time and blended learning) has been designed to meet the needs of public health professionals wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of policy and practice and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field, whilst at the same time fulfilling their existing responsibilities in service delivery. Current students on the programme are based in the UK and internationally and are working within government, healthcare settings, for NGOs, or in education, research and management.
I am module convenor for DHR520 Public Health: Theory, Policy and Practice, a core year 1 module on the PhD in Public Health. I teach on the annual PhD Induction Academy and PhD Autumn Academies for students on the Blended Learning PhD programmes in Public Health, Mental Health, Organisational Health and Well Being, and Palliative Care.
I supervise the research of both traditional route PhD students and students on the PhD in Public Health.
I am a Frontline Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) North West.
I am External Examiner for the Masters in Public Health at Worcester University.
PhD Supervision Interests
◦Gender and social inequalities in health;◦Chronic illnesses (including musculoskeletal disorders) and their impact on employment, income and quality of life;◦Impact of work on health; impact of health on work;◦Long-term sickness absence and its management in the workplace;◦Workplace adjustments for people with chronic illness/long-term conditions;◦Lifecourse research.
Assembling life history narratives from quantitative longitudinal panel data: what’s the story for families using social work?
Sharland, E., Holland, P.J., Henderson, M., Zhang, M.L., Cheung, S.Y., Scourfield, J. 11/2017 In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 20, 6, p. 667-679. 13 p.
Awareness and willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among men who have sex with men in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Yi, S., Tuot, S., Mwai , G.W., Ngin, C., Chhim, K., Pal, D.K., Igbinedion, E., Holland, P.J., Choub, S.C., Mburu, G. 26/06/2017 In: Journal of the International AIDS Society. 20, 1, 27 p.
‘Whenever I can I push myself to go to work’: a qualitative study of experiences of sickness presenteeism among workers with rheumatoid arthritis
Holland, P.J., Collins, A.M. 2017 In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 40, 4, p. 404-413. 10 p.
Detention of people lost to follow-up on TB treatment in Kenya: the need for human rights-based alternatives
Mburu, G., Restoy, E., Kibuchi, E., Holland, P.J., Harries, A. 06/2016 In: Health and Human Rights Journal. 18, 1, p. 43-54. 12 p.
Intersectionality of HIV stigma and masculinity in eastern Uganda: implications for involving men in HIV programmes
Mburu, G., Ram, M., Siu, G., Bitira, D., Skovdal, M., Holland, P. 11/10/2014 In: BMC Public Health. 14, 17 p.
Evaluation of the Maun homeopathy project clinic, Botswana: final report
Bingley, A., Holland, P., Gadd, B., Mohiemang, I. 2014 Lancaster University.
How do macro-level contexts and policies affect the employment chances of chronically ill and disabled people?: the impact of recession and de-industrialisation
Holland, P., Burström, B., Whitehead, M., Diderichsen, F., Dahl, E., Barr, B., Nylén, L., Chen, W., Thielen, K., van der Wel , K.A., Clayton, S., Uppal, S. 2014 In: The financial and economic crises and their impact on health and social well-being. New York : Baywood Publishing Company p. 256-274. 19 p. ISBN: 9780895038784.
Maun homeopathy project clinics, Botswana: evaluating the service
Bingley, A., Holland, P., Gadd, B., Mohiemang, I. 2014 The Homeopath, 33, p. 34-36. 3 p.
Delayed and differential effects of the economic crisis in Sweden in the 1990s on health-related exclusion from the labour market: A health equity assessment
Burström, B., Nylén, L., Barr, B., Clayton, S., Holland, P., Whitehead, M. 12/2012 In: Social Science and Medicine. 75, 12, p. 2431-2436. 6 p.
How do macro-level contexts and policies affect the employment chances of chronically ill and disabled people?: Part I: The impact of recession and deindustrialization
Holland, P., Burström, B., Whitehead, M., Diderichsen, F., Dahl, E., Barr, B., Nylén, L., Chen, W., Thielen, K., van der Wel, K.A., Clayton, S., Uppal, S. 2011 In: International Journal of Health Services. 41, 3, p. 395-413. 19 p.
How do macro-level contexts and policies affect the employment chances of chronically ill and disabled people?: Part II: The impact of active and passive labor market policies
Holland, P., Nylén, L., Thielen, K., van der Wel, K.A., Chen, W., Barr, B., Burström, B., Diderichsen, F., Andersen, P.K., Dahl, E., Uppal, S., Clayton, S., Whitehead, M. 2011 In: International Journal of Health Services. 41, 3, p. 415-430. 16 p.
Labor market participation following onset of seizures and early epilepsy: findings from a UK cohort
Holland, P., Lane, S., Whitehead, M., Marson, A.G., Jacoby, A. 05/2009 In: Epilepsia. 50, 5, p. 1030-1039. 10 p.
Helping Chronically Ill or Disabled People Into Work: What Can We Learn from International Comparative Analyses?: Final report to the Public Health Research Programme, Department of Health
Whitehead, M., Clayton, S., Holland, P., Drever, F., Barr, B., Gosling, R. 2009 University of Liverpool. 118 p.
Socioeconomic inequalities in the employment impact of ischaemic heart disease: a longitudinal record linkage study in Sweden
Holland, P., Burström, B., Möller, I., Whitehead, M. 2009 In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 37, 5, p. 450-458. 9 p.
Financial stress and strain associated with terminal cancer: a review of the evidence
Hanratty, B., Holland, P., Jacoby, A., Whitehead, M. 2007 In: Palliative Medicine. 21, 7, p. 595-607. 13 p.
Employment after hospitalization for a chronic illness in Sweden, 1996-2001: gender, social class, and diagnostic variations
Holland, P., Moller, I., Burstrom, B., Whitehead, M. 2006
Gender and socio-economic variations in employment among patients with a diagnosed musculoskeletal disorder: a longitudinal record linkage study in Sweden
Holland, P., Burström, B., Möller, I., Whitehead, M. 2006 In: Rheumatology. 45, 8, p. 1016-1022. 7 p.
Social and economic consequences of chronic illness: evidence from longitudinal studies in Britain and Sweden
Holland, P. 2006 University of Liverpool.
The social and economic consequences of childhood-onset Type 1 diabetes mellitus across the lifecourse: a systematic review
Milton, B., Holland, P., Whitehead, M. 2006 In: Diabetic Medicine. 23, 8, p. 821-829. 9 p.
Employment after hospitalisation for a chronic illness in Sweden: variations by gender, social class, and diagnosis
Holland, P., Moller, I., Burstrom, B., Whitehead, M. 2005
The social and economic consequences of childhood asthma across the lifecourse: a systematic review
Milton, B., Whitehead, M., Holland, P., Hamilton, V. 11/2004 In: Child: Care, Health and Development. 30, 6, p. 711-728. 18 p.
Does the misreporting of adult body size depend upon an individual's height and weight?: methodological debate
Gunnell, D., Berney, L., Holland, P., Maynard, M., Blane, D., Smith, G.D., Frankel, S. 2004 In: International Journal of Epidemiology. 33, 6, p. 1398-1399. 2 p.
What are the social consequences of chronic illness?
Holland, P., Elliott, J., Whitehead, M. 2004
What puts children of lone parents at a health disadvantage?
Whitehead, M., Holland, P. 25/01/2003 In: The Lancet. 361, 9354, 1 p.
Winners and losers in flexible labor markets: the fate of women with chronic illness in contrasting policy environments - Sweden and Britain
Burström, B., Holland, P., Diderichsen, F., Whitehead, M. 2003 In: International Journal of Health Services. 33, 2, p. 199-217. 19 p.
The role of income differences in explaining social inequalities in self rated health in Sweden and Britain
Aberg Yngwe, M., Diderichsen, F., Whitehead, M., Holland, P., Burström, B. 2001 In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 55, 8, p. 556-561. 6 p.
Socioeconomic measures in early old age as indicators of previous lifetime exposure to environmental health hazards
Berney, L., Blane, D., Smith, G.D., Gunnell, D.J., Holland, P., Montgomery, S.M. 07/2000 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 22, 4, p. 415-430. 16 p.
How accurately are height, weight and leg length reported by the elderly, and how closely are they related to measurements recorded in childhood?
Gunnell, D., Berney, L., Holland, P., Maynard, M., Blane, D., Frankel, S., Smith, G.D. 2000 In: International Journal of Epidemiology. 29, 3, p. 456-464. 9 p.
Life course accumulation of disadvantage: childhood health and hazard exposure during adulthood
Holland, P., Berney, L., Blane, D., Smith, G.D., Gunnell, D.J., Montgomery, S.M. 2000 In: Social Science and Medicine. 50, 9, p. 1285-1295. 11 p.
Life course influences on health in early old age
Berney, L., Blane, D., Davey-Smith, G., Holland, P. 2000 In: Understanding Health Inequalities. Buckingham : Open University Press ISBN: 978-0335205530 .
Life course influences on health in early old age.: Research Findings from the Health Variations Programme: 6. Economic and Social Research Council.
Holland, P., Berney, L., Blane, D., Davey-Smith, G. 2000 Economic and Social Research Council. 4 p.
Public Health Responsibility and Capability in the North West Region
Lyons, M., Holland, P., Bellis, M. 2000 Liverpool John Moores University. 72 p.
Reconstructing the life course: health during early old age in a follow-up study based on the Boyd Orr cohort
Blane, D., Berney, L., Smith, G.D., Gunnell, D.J., Holland, P. 05/1999 In: Public Health. 113, 3, p. 117-124. 8 p.
The lifegrid method in health inequalities research
Holland, P., Berney, L., Blane, D., Davey-Smith, G. 01/1999 In: Health Variations : The Official Newsletter of the ESRC Health Variations Programme. 3, p. 8-9. 2 p.
Cost-Effectiveness of Policies Aimed at Prolonging Working Careers: The Role of Health
01/09/2014 → 30/09/2016
Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre in Reducing Workplace Disability from Musculoskeletal Disorders
01/07/2014 → 30/06/2019
Children, Young People and Families Using Social Work Services in Four UK Cohort Studies: Patterns, Outcomes and Change
01/10/2013 → 30/04/2015
Arthritis Research UK (External organisation)
Membership of committee
- Centre for Health Inequalities Research
- Work and Health Forum