Work-related determinants of return to work of employees on long-term sickness absence

M Post*, B Krol, JW Groothoff

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Purpose. The aim of the study is to identify work-related determinants of return to work (RTW) of employees who are on long-term sickness absence.

Method. The study was based on a sample of 926 employees on sickness absence ( maximum duration of 12 weeks). The employees filled out a baseline questionnaire and were subsequently followed until the 10th month after listing sick. Cox proportional hazards regression analyses were used to identify determinants of RTW.

Results. Working in one of the vocational sectors public administration, construction, financial and commercial services, transport, or education ( P = 0.00) and having low co-worker support ( P = 0.01) were related to longer duration to RTW in the mulitvariate model. Having low supervisor support ( P = 0.01) was associated with a higher RTW rate.

Conclusions. Vocational sector is a strong predictor of RTW. Especially employees from the sector education are slow as to RTW. The observed association between low supervisor support and RTW was unexpected. However, the study confirms earlier research on the association between low co-worker support and RTW.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)481-488
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftDisability and Rehabilitation
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - 6-mei-2005

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