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How to avoid long-term sickness absence: The advice from women with personal experience
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, FHVC - Folkhälsovetenskapligt centrum.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6049-5402
School of Library and Information Management, Emporia, KS 66801, United States, Department of Radiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States.
2005 (English)In: Family Practice, ISSN 0263-2136, Vol. 22, no 4, 394-398 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective. The aim of this study was to describe women's perceptions of what can be done to avoid extended sickness absence with following suffering and passivity. Methods. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 82 women who had been on sickness absence (60 days or more) or were receiving disability pensions. The data were analysed using phenomenological methods. Results. To be able to get back to work was found to be equivalent to breaking away from the prospect of isolation and loneliness. To support this, four parties were identified along with suggestions for their actions: the healthcare professionals, the woman who is on sick leave herself, the employer, and the social insurance official. Most interestingly, the family and close relatives were almost not mentioned at all. The results are connected to a theoretical model of distress in terms of enduring and suffering. Conclusions. It is necessary to look more carefully at how women on sickness absence use the resources in the world (like their families) to get well. More generally, the task is to understand why society deals insufficiently with women who need time off and cannot keep up with their duties because of illness. © The Author (2005). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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2005. Vol. 22, no 4, 394-398 p.
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Prevention, Qualitative method, Rehabilitation, Sickness absence, Women's health
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50274DOI: 10.1093/fampra/cmh725OAI: diva2:271170
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2013-09-05

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