TITLE

The fraction of long-term sickness absence attributable to work environmental factors: prospective results from the Danish Work Environment Cohort Study

AUTHOR(S)
Christensen, Karl Bang; Lund, Thomas; Labriola, Merete; Villadsen, Ebbe; Bültmann, Ute
PUB. DATE
July 2007
SOURCE
Occupational & Environmental Medicine;Jul2007, Vol. 64 Issue 7, p487
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective: To examine the fraction of long-term sickness absence periods attributable to physical and psychosocial work environmental risk factors. Method: A random population sample was followed for 1 8 months in a national register of social transfer payments. Mutually adjusted hazard ratios for onset of long-term sickness absence and aetiological fractions were computed. Results: After mutual adjustment, no significant effect of psychosocial work environment factors remained. In men, 23% and 28% of long-term sickness absence were attributable to working mainly standing or squatting, and lifting or carrying loads, respectively. In women, 27% of long-term sickness absence was attributable to bending or twisting of the neck or back. Conclusions: Physical work environment exposures explained between 10% and 30% of long-term sickness absence. The potential for reducing long-term sickness absence is substantial.
ACCESSION #
25724967

 

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