Objectives Epidemiological studies investigating mental-health-related sickness absence (SA) among shift workers are lacking. This 10-year observational study investigated the risk of mental health SA among shift compared with day workers.
Methods The data of 5826 male production workers were used for analyses: 4288 (74%) shift and 1538 (26%) day workers. The risk of mental health SA was analyzed with Cox regression analysis. Hazard ratios (BR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were adjusted for age and occupational grade.
Results During a 10-year follow-up, 351 shift workers and 126 day workers had incident mental health SA. The risk of mental health SA did not differ (HR 1.03, 95% CI 0.84-1.26) between shift and day workers. Among shift workers, the risk of SA due to mood disorders (HR 1.87, 95% CI 0.73-4.76) was non-significantly higher than among day workers. A total of 96 shift workers and 21 day workers had recurrent mental health SA. The risk of recurrent mental health SA did not differ (HR 1.04, 95% CI 0.62-1.74) between shift and day workers.
Conclusion The risk of incident and recurrent mental health SA did not differ between shift and day workers.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health|
|Publication status||Published - Jul-2015|
- irregular work hour
- mental disorder
- psychiatric disorder
- sick leave