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Research short: What med certs tell us about sickness absence

Dr Mary Wyatt

A Swedish study has shown that what doctors and employers will permit on medical certificates has changed over recent decades.

Medical certificates are typically the system used to allow people a time off work for a designated period. A Swedish study has sought to compare the current use of medical certificates with historical practice. The research examined sick certificates for people off work and covered by the national health insurance system of Sweden. The study explored the period in the late 1970s and the late 1990s. They study noted that there was ...

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