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Long term sickness absence: Sickness absence, stress, and disaffection are linked

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1087-a (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1087
  1. Dale Archer ([email protected]), occupational health physician
  1. Occupational Health Unit, Shropshire County Council, Shirehall, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

    EDITOR—A great deal of sickness absence, as mentioned in the article by Henderson et al,1 arises from the worrying trend to medicalise life. Much absence due to work related stress is in fact disaffection rather than disease. It manifests itself as unhappiness and anxiety with the working environment and becomes a withdrawal from work legitimised as a medical problem …

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