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The impact of adjustment latitude on self-assessed work ability in regard to gender and occupational type
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
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2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 19, no 4, 350-359 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


 Adjustment latitude describes opportunities to change demands at work when ill and may affect work ability. The aim here is to study the association between adjustment latitude and self-assessed work ability among men and women and employees from different occupational sectors.


 This cross-sectional study used data from a questionnaire sent to 3020 employees in three occupational sectors in Sweden; 1430 responded. Subjects were divided into: full, moderately reduced, and greatly reduced work ability. Presence of nine adjustment opportunities was requested and subjects were divided into three groups. Each specific opportunity was also analyzed in relation to work ability. Multinomial logistic regression was used for analyses.


 Number of opportunities to adjust was associated with work ability among men and employees in health care. "Shortening the working day" was associated with work ability in most groups. For men and industrial employees, "postponing work", "going home and working later", and "working without disturbance" were associated with work ability. "To work from home" was associated with work ability among women and employees in insurance.


 The assumption that adjustment latitude affects work ability is supported. Associations differ with regard to gender and occupational sectors. Further studies with longitudinal design and alternative samples are needed.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 4, 350-359 p.
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adjustment latitude, cross-sectional, gender, work ability, work conditions
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170626DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2011.603354ISI: 000305704400006PubMedID: 21854104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-170626DiVA: diva2:509444
Available from: 2012-03-12 Created: 2012-03-12 Last updated: 2012-07-19Bibliographically approved

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