Gender trends in sick-listing with musculoskeletal symptoms in a Swedish county during a period of rapid increase in sickness absence
1998 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Social Medicine, ISSN 1403-4948, Vol. 26, no 3, 204-213 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sickness absence and disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses has increased in Sweden.
Study objective — To study gender trends in sickness absence with musculoskeletal diagnoses and its changes in 1985—87.
Design — A prospective population-based study of all new sick-leave spells exceeding seven days in 1985—87. Sickness absence with "all diagnoses'' was compared to "all musculoskeletal diagnoses'', the latter group was also divided into three sub-groups.
Setting — The county of Östergötland, Sweden.
Participants — All sick-leave insured aged 16—65; 107,000 women and 100,000 men.
Results — More women than men were sick-listed in "all diagnoses'' in 1985. There were corresponding gender differences in sickness absence with musculoskeletal diagnoses except with the diagnosis "low back pain''. Sick-listing with musculoskeletal diagnoses increased for both women and men from 1985 to 1987, but the increase was consistently much higher for women, especially for younger women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. Vol. 26, no 3, 204-213 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81534DOI: 10.1177/14034948980260031101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81534DiVA: diva2:553244