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Research short: Doctors or managers - who affects sickness absence?

Dr Mary Wyatt

Danish researchers find that management approaches and levels of employee decision-making latitude exert considerable influence on sick leave. So who should you try and influence?

Managing work absence, whether the health condition is work or non-work related, often follows the medical model.  That is, the doctor makes the diagnosis and certifies the person fit or unfit for work. This study undertaken in Denmark assesses whether psychosocial factors at work influence sick leave in people with and without depression. Denmark does an extraordinary amount of research on the general population by following grou...

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