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Presenteeism and workplace health

Making the case for a validated ‘presenteeism index’


The relationship between health, work, absence and presenteeism is complex and not fully understood. Kevin Dew believes more research is required to understand the factors that drive presenteeism and suggests the development of a Presenteeism Index as a starting point for its better management.

Justover 10 years ago I attended my first ‘grand round’ presentation at the medical school at which I had just started working. I had recently …

Dr Kevin Dew is professor of sociology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has a particular interest in the sociology of health and illness and has been involved in a number of research projects investigating worker compensation for illness and injury in the workplace.

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5) pp17-19

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