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Vocation, Mental Illness and the Absenteeism Decision.

A new interesting article has been published in J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001454. and titled:

Vocation, Mental Illness and the Absenteeism Decision.

Authors of this article are:
Ejebu OZ Skåtun D.

A summary of the article is shown below:
OBJECTIVES: We explore sickness absenteeism variations within the public sector and in particular the role of mental illness. Distinctively, the public sector is segmented into vocational and non-vocational sector; assuming that vocation lead to a different degree of job attachment and alter sickness leave decision.METHODS: Using British Household Panel Survey, random-effects logit models are applied to estimate the odds ratio of sickness absence with alternative measures of vocational employment. The association between mental illness and sickness absence is also explored.RESULTS: Absenteeism and the effect of mental illness on absenteeism rates vary within the public sector after controlling for socio-economic factors. The public vocational sector had the largest sickness absence odds ratios.CONCLUSIONS: Differences between absenteeism rates across sectors may be more about the nature of the job and less about the nature of the sector.

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