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Sickness absence due to common mental illness in the Netherlands

Posted Dec 13 2009 12:00am

This study investigated the incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders in the Netherlands from 2001 to 2007 in an observational study in about 1 million employees, working in various economic sectors, representative for the Dutch workforce.

The 12-month incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders was 2.2% in 2001, increased to 2.7% in 2004 and decreased thereafter to 2.0% in 2007.

The percentage of sick days due to common mental disorders was highest in the education sector (39%) followed by financial services (31%) and health care (30%).

In the Netherlands, the incidence of sickness absence with common mental disorders was highest in 2004 and has decreased since then probably because of changes in sick leave compensation, economic market position and company policies

Trends in the incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders between 2001 and 2007 in the Netherlands
Corné A. M. Roelen, P. C. Koopmans, R. Hoedeman, U. Bültmann, J. W. Groothoff and J. J. L. van der Klink
The European Journal of Public Health 2009 19(6):625-630

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