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Contact With the Workplace During Long-Term Sickness Absence and Worker Expectations of Return to Work
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. (Rehab)
Division of Public Health Sciences, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalens University, Sweden.
Division of Community Medicine, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden.
HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre, Linkoping University, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Disability Mangement Research, ISSN 1833-8550, E-ISSN 1834-4887, Vol. 10, e3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since long-term sickness absence constitutes a problem in most western countries, research that can facilitate return to work (RTW) is important. Today there is evidence that the social context at the workplace has a significant impact on return to work. The dual aims of the study was firstly to investigate the pattern and quality of contact between employees on long-term sick leave and different actors at the workplace, and secondly to investigate whether contacts with the workplace were associated with expectations regarding return to work. An explorative method and descriptive design was used for the first aim. For the second aim, the data was analysed in a multivariate logistic regression model. The results show that employees had frequent and, in most cases, appreciated contact with their supervisor and co-workers. Contact with other workplace actors; that is, the occupational health unit, the union representative, and the human resources department, were less frequent. Employees who experienced the contact as supportive and constructive were far more positive and optimistic than others regarding return to work. It is concluded that supervisors and co-workers should be aware that they play a significant role in the return-to-work process, and that quality of contact is what matters.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 10, e3
Keyword [en]
co-worker, long-term sickness, return to work, workplace contact
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26410DOI: 10.1017/idm.2015.3Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84949921833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26410DiVA: diva2:881630
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Published online: 14 December 2015

Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2017-06-30Bibliographically approved

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