Healthy workplace indicators: costing reasons for sickness absence within the UK National Health Service

Occup Med (Lond). 2000 May;50(4):251-7. doi: 10.1093/occmed/50.4.251.


Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust has been developing a tool for monitoring the reasons and costs of long-term sick leave (> 7 days). The data obtained from this process has been used to modify the type of occupational health and safety services provided for the Trust. Adoption of more standardized tools of this nature throughout the National Health Service (NHS) would help trusts to compare, and where appropriate enhance, the services provided by occupational health. Musculo-skeletal and mental health problems, account for the greatest costs arising from long-term sickness absence. It may therefore be prudent for NHS employers and their occupational health services to target their efforts on these particular problems.

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / economics
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / economics
  • Occupational Health Services / organization & administration
  • Sick Leave / economics*
  • Sick Leave / statistics & numerical data
  • State Medicine / organization & administration
  • United Kingdom