How to avoid the frightening scenario of long-term sickness absence: The advice from women with personal experience
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Aims: The aim of this study was to describe women's perceptions of what can be done to avoid long-term sickness absence.
Methods: Interviews were conducted with 82 women who had been on sickness absence ( 60 days or more) or had disability pensions.
Results: For these women, to be able to get back to work was found to be equivalent to breaking away from the prospect of isolation and loneliness. Five actors were identified along with suggestions for their actions: the woman who is on sick leave herself, the employer, the healthcare provider, the social insurance official, and the shop-steward.
Conclusions: It is important to take oneself seriously and also to be taken seriously by others. Thus, it is important to not wait too long to take action which concerns both the individual herself and all those who get involved in her case at work, at hospital or at the social insurance office. Practical advice to reach recovery and avoid sickness absence is presented.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80265DiVA: diva2:546375