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Effects of Worksite Health Interventions Involving Reduced Work Hours and Physical Exercise on Sickness Absence Costs.
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PMID:  22513656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE:: To investigate the effects of physical exercise during work hours (PE) and reduced work hours (RWH) on direct and indirect costs associated with sickness absence (SA). METHODS:: Sickness absence and related costs at six workplaces, matched and randomized to three conditions (PE, RWH, and referents), were retrieved from company records and/or estimated using salary conversion methods or value-added equations on the basis of interview data. RESULTS:: Although SA days decreased in all conditions (PE, 11.4%; RWH, 4.9%; referents, 15.9%), costs were reduced in the PE (22.2%) and RWH (4.9%) conditions but not among referents (10.2% increase). CONCLUSIONS:: Worksite health interventions may generate savings in SA costs. Costs may not be linear to changes in SA days. Combing the friction method with indirect cost estimates on the basis of value-added productivity may help illuminate both direct and indirect SA costs.
Authors:
Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz; Henna Hasson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1536-5948     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
From the Department of Psychology (Dr Schwarz), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden; Medical Management Center (Drs Schwarz and Hasson), Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; and Vårdalinstitutet (Dr Hasson), The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences, Lund, Sweden.
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