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Document ID (ISN)111994
CIS number 11-0658
Year 2008
Convention or series no. RR 673
Author(s) Holmes E.
Title The feasibility of comparing sickness absence surveys and the Labour Force Survey
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. viii, 20p. Illus. 25 ref.
Internet access RR_673.pdf [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this study was to corroborate the Labour Force Survey (LFS) statistics on incidence of work-related ill health, workplace injuries and average number of days absent across a broad range of employer organisations from 2003 to 2007. Published surveys from six employer organisations were reviewed and compared, showing a wide variability in the published sickness absence rates. This is likely to be due to a combination of factors, notably differences in target population, how the data are summarised, differences in the demography of the samples and random variation. Determining the contribution of each factor to the differences was not possible. In conclusion, none of the surveys considered were directly comparable with the LFS and the complexity of differences between the other surveys made it difficult to draw any comparison with the LFS. However, some conclusions on general trends in absence from the employer sources are given.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; sickness absenteeism; safety and health documentation; computerized data bases
Descriptors (secondary) comparative analysis; statistical evaluation; reliability; public OSH institutions; research; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology
Workers' compensation