To examine different sick-leave measures used in sickness absence research, and to suggest a systematic way of assessing sickness absence.
A review and analysis of five major studies on sick-leave performed 1983-1988 with an epidemiological approach.
Terminology and measures used varied in the different studies reviewed.
The choice of a certain measure was seldom discussed in relation to the aim of the study.
Based on the review five measures are suggested : frequency, length, incidence rate, cumulative incidence and duration.
The definition of incidence rate is new and is a measure useful in studies of recurrent events within epidemiology.
We have reviewed sick-leave measures previously used in the literature and suggested five basic measures for assessing sick-leave.
Mots-clés Pascal : Absentéisme, Epidémiologie, Méthode mesure, Article synthèse, Homme, Méthodologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Absenteeism, Epidemiology, Measurement method, Review, Human, Methodology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0340173
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 27/11/1998.