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Document ID (ISN)76629
CIS number 01-906
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Voss M., Floderus B., Diderichsen F.
Title Physical, psychosocial, and organisational factors relative to sickness absence: A study based on Sweden Post
Bibliographic information Mar. 2001, Vol.58, No.3, p.178-184. 37 ref.
Abstract In a study on sickness absenteeism of Swedish post office workers, 1,557 female and 1,913 male employees were surveyed by postal questionnaire and incidence of sickness was established from company records. Complaints about lifting heavy loads and monotonous movements were associated with an increased risk of sickness among both women and men. For heavy lifting, an odds ratio (OR) of 1.70 was found for both women and men. For monotonous movements, the risk estimates were OR 1.42 and OR 1.45 for women and men, respectively. Working instead of taking sick leave when ill was more prevalent in the group with a high incidence of sickness (OR 1.74 for women, OR 1.60 for men). Overtime work of more than 50 hours a year was linked with low incidence of sickness for women and men. Among women, 16% reported bullying at the workplace, which was linked with a doubled risk of high incidence of sickness (OR 1.91). For men, the strongest association was found for those reporting anxiety about reorganization of the workplace (OR 1.93).
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; sickness absenteeism; risk factors; postal services; psychology of absenteeism
Descriptors (secondary) bullying; repetitive work; anxiety; sex-linked differences; hours of work; hazard evaluation; questionnaire survey; manual lifting
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Communications industry
Bullying and mobbing