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Low Workload as a Trigger of Sick Leave Results From a Swedish Case-Crossover Study
Karolinska Institute.
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Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Work and Rehabilitation. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 54, no 2, 202-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: To investigate if exposure to an unusually low workload when ill can trigger taking sick leave. Methods: A case-crossover design was applied to 546 sick-leave spells obtained from a cohort of 1430 employees within six Swedish workplaces. New sick-leave spells were reported from the workplaces during 3 to 12 months follow-up. Exposure was assessed in structured participant interviews at sick leave. Case and control periods from the same individual were sampled according to the matched-pair and usual-frequency approaches. Results are presented as odds ratios with surrounding 95% confidence intervals. Results: The odds ratio of sick leave on a day with an unusually low workload was 2.57 (confidence interval, 1.07-6.16). Conclusions: Becoming ill on a day with a lower workload than usual can trigger the decision to take sick leave.

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Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins , 2012. Vol. 54, no 2, 202-209 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75725DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31823fdf68ISI: 000300197000013OAI: diva2:508708
Funding Agencies|Karolinska Institutet||Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research||Swedish Research Council||Stockholm County Council||National Swedish Social Insurance Board||Swedish National Institute of Public Health||Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2012-03-09 Last updated: 2012-03-09

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