Physiotherapy Research Group

Highly accessed article: Attending work or not when sick -- what makes the decision?

In a qualitative study 263 car mechanics were interviewed to examine decisions of absence versus attendance when feeling ill.

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High prevalence of sickness absence in countries with generous welfare schemes has generated debates on mechanisms that may influence workers' decisions about calling in sick for work. Little is known about the themes at stake during the decision-making process for reaching the choice of absence or attendance when feeling ill. The aim of the study was to examine decisions of absence versus attendance among car mechanics when feeling ill.

Tone Morken, Inger Haukenes and Liv Heide Magnussen

Read abstract and article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/813/abstract