Cross-diagnostic aspects in the early stage of long-term sickness absence: A description of experiences, prognostic subgroups for return to work, and work participation

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Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU
ISBN 978-82-326-6748-2 (printed ver.) ISBN 978-82-326-6502-0 (electronic ver.) ISSN 1503-8181 (printed ver.) ISSN 2703-8084 (online ver.)
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Prolonged sickness absence is costly for society and associated with adverse health outcomes for the individual. After the first few months sick-listed workers have a decreased relative likelihood of returning to work. Thus, interventions after 8-12 weeks of sick leave are often recommended to assist the sick-listed worker back to work. Evidence suggests that similar principles for return to work can be utilized independent of disorder. However, more knowledge regarding cross-diagnostic aspects is needed at this relatively early stage of longterm sick leave. Thus, the aim of this thesis was to provide descriptions of the early stage of long-term sick leave in a cross-diagnostic sample in order to inform early return to workinterventions and early return to work follow-up.

This was performed through observational descriptive methods in three papers exploring three different aspects of early long-term sick leave.