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Are sickness absence frequencies in the study of EU countries underestimates?
  1. M Kivimäki1,
  2. J Vahtera1,
  3. J Head1,
  4. J E Ferrie1
  1. 1Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, PO Box 9, Helsinki FIN-00014, Finland;

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    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 countries; in the UK it was …

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