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April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6)

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Presenteeism

A systematic review (14 papers) finds only limited evidence that workplace health promotion can reduce presenteeism – defined as ‘being present at work, but limited in some aspect of job performance by a health problem’. Many studies were rejected through poor methodologies and high risk of bias. Ten studies showed ‘preliminary’ evidence for positive effects. Two were of strong evidence quality: worksite self-directed exercise; and manager education to promote mental health. Psychosocial issues should be targeted in addition to physical factors.

BMC Public Health 2011; 11: 395.

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6) pp48