Some international trends in sickness absence 1950–68Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5685.705 (Published 20 December 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:705
- P. J. Taylor
Annual sickness absence rates in Great Britain since 1950 have been compared with similar measurements obtained from eight other countries. Frequency has tended to rise more than severity, indicating a shortening of the average length of a spell. The rise in British rates is not unique, and has been exceeded in Sweden, Holland, Italy, and West Germany. From the Swedish experience with self-certification some caution is necessary before recommending its adoption in Britain.