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    • David Gimeno, Postdoctoral fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Benjamin C. Amick III, Fernando G. Benavides, and J Benach.

    Dear Editor

    In response to our study,[1] Kivimäki et al suggested that reported sickness absence frequencies were underestimates of the total sickness absence burden in European Union (EU) member countries.[2] This concern about the veracity of these estimates led Kivimäki et al to caution policy makers to not use this data to inform policy. While we agree that more research is needed to establish...

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    Are sickness absence frequencies in the study of EU countries underestimates?
    • Mika Kivimäki, Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jussi Vahtera, Jenny Head, and Jane E. Ferrie

    Dear Editor

    The paper by Gimeno et al provides a comparison of sickness absence between 15 European Union (EU) countries.[1] According to this study, 14.5% of employees were absent at least one day in the past 12 months by an accident at work, by health problems caused by the work, or by other health problems. For Finnish employees, for instance, this percentage was 24%, the highest among the 15 EU countr...

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