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Health, sleep, and professional career in female white-collar workers back to work after long-term sick-listing due to minor mental disorders
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 39, no 8, 823-829 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: This study is a 3-year follow up of female white-collar workers, who were on long-term sick leave in 2004 due to stress-related and minor mental disorders. The aim is to show what promotes return-to-work (RTW) and the impact of a long period of sickness absence on professional career. Methods: The study includes a cohort of 233 women who were currently on medically certified sick leave lasting >= 90 days in 2004. A postal questionnaire was sent out after 34 months, regarding self-rated health, quality of sleep, sick-listing status, occupational status, etc. Results: After 34 months, 69% of the women had fully returned to working life. One of the most salient findings is that almost half of those had changed jobs and more than a third were in a new profession. Those who were back in working life rated less negative consequences of the long-term sick-listing on their professional career and their quality of sleep was better (OR 2.90, 95% CI 1.50-5.60 "sleeping all night"). Self-rated health did not show significant association with RTW (OR 2.83, 95% CI 0.91-8.77). Those who had returned to working life reported more control over their lives (OR 1.98, 95% CI 1.01-3.88). Conclusions: The findings imply that, in work health promotion and rehabilitation and efforts to prevent sickness absence due to stress-related disorders, important factors to be considered are job mobility, changes in present work, improved sleep, and control over one's own life.

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2011. Vol. 39, no 8, 823-829 p.
Keyword [en]
job mobility, private sector, RTW, self-rated health, sleep quality, stress management
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260051DOI: 10.1177/1403494811424609ISI: 000297423600005PubMedID: 21965478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260051DiVA: diva2:846235
Available from: 2015-08-14 Created: 2015-08-14 Last updated: 2015-08-14Bibliographically approved

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