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“Fit note” is linked to fewer people taking long term sick leave, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 25 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1024
  1. Julia Pakpoor
  1. 1The BMJ

The introduction of the UK “fit note” is associated with fewer people taking long term sick leave from work, but the proportion of people off sick with mental health issues is rising, a study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found.1

The fit note, which replaced its “sick note” predecessor in 2010, enables GPs to include advice on how a person “may be fit” to work with reasonable workplace adjustments.2 Researchers examined sickness absence data from before and after the introduction of the fit note—obtained from 68 general practices in England, Scotland, and Wales during 2011-13 and from seven …

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