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Job Strain and Long-Term Sickness Absence From Work A Ten-Year Prospective Study in German Working Population
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3845-3545
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 61, no 4, p. 278-284Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the prospective associations between baseline job strain and 10-year cumulative incidence of long-term sickness absence (LTSA) in the German workforce. Methods: This study used longitudinal data from the 2001 to 2011 waves of The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) (n = 9794). Kaplan-Meier survival curves and Cox proportional hazard regression models were used to examine the prospective association between job strain and incidence of LTSA. Results: High strain [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.28, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) = 1.12 to 1.46] and passive jobs (HR = 1.14, 95% CI = 1.01 to 1.30) were significantly associated with LTSA after full adjustment for covariates, with greater risk in the older participants (>45) in passive (HR = 1.33, 95% CI = 1.08 to 1.63) and high strain (HR = 1.56, 95% CI = 1.27 to 1.92) jobs. Conclusion: Jobs with low control over work were associated with LTSA in German workers. More studies using longitudinal employment data, and more detailed job strain measures are warranted.

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2019. Vol. 61, no 4, p. 278-284
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German workforce, job control, job strain, long-term sickness absence
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173060DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001525ISI: 000480777300013PubMedID: 30540654OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173060DiVA, id: diva2:1353078
Available from: 2019-09-20 Created: 2019-09-20 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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