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Effects of Worksite Health Interventions Involving Reduced Work Hours and Physical Exercise on Sickness Absence Costs.

von Thiele Schwarz, Ulrica and Hasson, Henna LU (2012) In Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(5). p.538-544
Abstract
OBJECTIVE:: To investigate the effects of physical exercise during work hours (PE) and reduced work hours (RWH) on direct and indirect costs associated with sickness absence (SA). METHODS:: Sickness absence and related costs at six workplaces, matched and randomized to three conditions (PE, RWH, and referents), were retrieved from company records and/or estimated using salary conversion methods or value-added equations on the basis of interview data. RESULTS:: Although SA days decreased in all conditions (PE, 11.4%; RWH, 4.9%; referents, 15.9%), costs were reduced in the PE (22.2%) and RWH (4.9%) conditions but not among referents (10.2% increase). CONCLUSIONS:: Worksite health interventions may generate savings in SA costs. Costs may not... (More)
OBJECTIVE:: To investigate the effects of physical exercise during work hours (PE) and reduced work hours (RWH) on direct and indirect costs associated with sickness absence (SA). METHODS:: Sickness absence and related costs at six workplaces, matched and randomized to three conditions (PE, RWH, and referents), were retrieved from company records and/or estimated using salary conversion methods or value-added equations on the basis of interview data. RESULTS:: Although SA days decreased in all conditions (PE, 11.4%; RWH, 4.9%; referents, 15.9%), costs were reduced in the PE (22.2%) and RWH (4.9%) conditions but not among referents (10.2% increase). CONCLUSIONS:: Worksite health interventions may generate savings in SA costs. Costs may not be linear to changes in SA days. Combing the friction method with indirect cost estimates on the basis of value-added productivity may help illuminate both direct and indirect SA costs. (Less)
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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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54
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5
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538 - 544
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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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1536-5948
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10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824e11cd
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English
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  abstract     = {OBJECTIVE:: To investigate the effects of physical exercise during work hours (PE) and reduced work hours (RWH) on direct and indirect costs associated with sickness absence (SA). METHODS:: Sickness absence and related costs at six workplaces, matched and randomized to three conditions (PE, RWH, and referents), were retrieved from company records and/or estimated using salary conversion methods or value-added equations on the basis of interview data. RESULTS:: Although SA days decreased in all conditions (PE, 11.4%; RWH, 4.9%; referents, 15.9%), costs were reduced in the PE (22.2%) and RWH (4.9%) conditions but not among referents (10.2% increase). CONCLUSIONS:: Worksite health interventions may generate savings in SA costs. Costs may not be linear to changes in SA days. Combing the friction method with indirect cost estimates on the basis of value-added productivity may help illuminate both direct and indirect SA costs.},
  author       = {von Thiele Schwarz, Ulrica and Hasson, Henna},
  issn         = {1536-5948},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {538--544},
  publisher    = {Lippincott Williams & Wilkins},
  series       = {Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine},
  title        = {Effects of Worksite Health Interventions Involving Reduced Work Hours and Physical Exercise on Sickness Absence Costs.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824e11cd},
  volume       = {54},
  year         = {2012},
}