Long term sickness absence: Motivation rather than ability to work may be key

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1087-b (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1087
  1. Ulf R Dahle (ulf.dahle@fhi.no), senior scientist,
  2. Fernanda C Petersen, postdoctoral fellow
  1. Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 4404 Nydalen, 0403 Oslo, Norway
  2. Institute of Oral Biology, Dental Faculty, PO Box 1052 Blindern, University of Oslo, N-0316 Oslo

    EDITOR—Henderson et al write that sickness absence is a major public health and economic problem.1 Undoubtedly, it is a major economic problem, but apparently it does not serve as an appropriate tool to measure public health. …

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