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Targeted prevention of long-term sickness absence

RTWMatters team

Some prevention strategies go the distance, reducing long term sickness absence even five years post-intervention. Others have short term benefits only. Does mental health complicate effectiveness?

Getting back to work after a long period of absence is difficult. In fact, long-term sickness absence can be a precursor for permanent work disability. The longer a worker stays away from the workplace, the less likely they are ever to return. Extended periods off work often bring a high emotional, social and financial cost. Finding ways to prevent unnecessary long term sickness absence is good for workers, employers and the broader community. M...

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