LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Perceived workplace justice is linked to a 30-percent reduction in men's heart disease, Finnish researchers say following a study of British office workers.
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health began its study of more than 6,400 male London civil service workers in 1985.
Each participant was given a score based on a self-reported justice sale in the first two phases of the study. The team then tracked the office workers' health from 1990 to 1999.
"In men who perceived a high level of justice, the risk of incident CHD (coronary heart disease) was 30 percent lower than among those who perceived a low or an intermediate level of justice," the researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The finding was independent of other lifestyle and health factors as well "psychosocial" work factors such as job strain and effort-reward imbalances, researchers said.
"Our findings on CHD, the leading cause of death in all Western societies, suggest that organizational justice is also a topic worthy of consideration in health research," the team said.