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The work ability index and single-item question: associations with sick leave, symptoms, and health--a prospective study of women on long-term sick leave.
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2010 (engelsk)Inngår i: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, ISSN 0355-3140, E-ISSN 1795-990X, Vol. 36, nr 5, s. 404-412Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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Objectives This study investigated the association between the work ability index (WAI) and the single-item question on work ability among women working in human service organizations (HSO) currently on long-term sick leave. It also examined the association between the WAI and the single-item question in relation to sick leave, symptoms, and health. Predictive values of the WAI, the changed WAI, the single-item question and the changed single-item question were investigated for degree of sick leave, symptoms, and health. Methods This cohort study comprised 324 HSO female workers on long-term (>60 days) sick leave, with follow-ups at 6 and 12 months. Participants responded to questionnaires. Data on work ability, sick leave, health, and symptoms were analyzed with regard to associations and predictability. Spearman correlation and mixed-model analysis were performed for repeated measurements over time. Results The study showed a very strong association between the WAI and the single-item question among all participants. Both the WAI and the single-item question showed similar patterns of associations with sick leave, health, and symptoms. The predictive value for the degree of sick leave and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) was strong for both the WAI and the single-item question, and slightly less strong for vitality, neck pain, both self-rated general and mental health, and behavioral and current stress. Conclusion This study suggests that the single-item question on work ability could be used as a simple indicator for assessing the status and progress of work ability among women on long-term sick leave.

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Työterveyslaitos , 2010. Vol. 36, nr 5, s. 404-412
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8171DOI: 10.5271/sjweh.2917Lokal ID: 2320/10017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8171DiVA, id: diva2:889054
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-12-22 Laget: 2015-12-22 Sist oppdatert: 2018-09-10bibliografisk kontrollert

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