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Cross-sectional study
Health, psychosocial and workplace characteristics may identify nurses and midwives at risk of high absenteeism
  1. Siri Waage1,2,
  2. Bjørn Bjorvatn1,2
  1. 1Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  2. 2Norwegian Competence Center for Sleep Disorders, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Bjørn Bjorvatn, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Kalfarveien 31, Bergen 5018, Norway; bjorn.bjorvatn{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • More research is needed into the relationship between mental health and absenteeism, to find ways to reduce sickness absence among nurses and midwives.

  • Characteristics of individuals reporting mental health days may be used for interventions to promote well-being and prevent future sickness absence.


Sickness absence is a major problem for society, and is higher among health professionals compared with workers in other industries.1 Work stress could be a predictor of sickness absence and mental health problems. Studies on psychosocial work factors among nurses have shown that working conditions and job satisfaction affect absenteeism.1 ,2 Methods to identify employees at risk of sickness absence are …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.