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October/November 2011 (vol. 08/3)

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Predicting return to work

A prospective longitudinal cohort study of 562 sick-listed workers in the Netherlands finds that high physical job demands, contact with medical specialists, high physical symptoms, moderate to severe depression, and older age (over 45 years) were significantly associated with longer return-to-work times. Workers absent for at least four weeks were followed for one year after the start of their sickness absence, by which time 71% had returned fully to work.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2011; online first: doi: 10.1007/s10926-011-9326-0

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2011 (vol. 08/3) pp40