Effects on presenteeism and absenteeism from a 1-year workplace randomized controlled trial among health care workers

Tidsskriftartikel - 2013

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OBJECTIVES: It is unknown whether workplace interventions successfully improving health outcomes can also provide concurrent improvements in presenteeism and absenteeism. METHODS: A 1-year cluster randomized controlled trial was conducted on 144 employees at a care unit in Denmark. The intervention consisted of calorie-limited diet, physical exercise, and cognitive behavioral training during working hours 1 hour per week. The reference group was offered presentations about healthy lifestyle. Absenteeism and presenteeism (productivity, workability, and sickness absence) were recorded at baseline and after 3 and 12 months of intervention. RESULTS: In intention-to-treat analysis, a significant effect of the intervention was found for productivity after 3 months. Nevertheless, after 12 months no significant effects on absenteeism or presenteeism were found. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that a worksite intervention, despite successfully reducing overweight, does not induce lasting improvements on absenteeism or presenteeism

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Christensen J, Overgaard K, Hansen K, Søgaard K, Holtermann A. Effects on presenteeism and absenteeism from a 1-year workplace randomized controlled trial among health care workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2013;55(10):1186-1190.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829b2816

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