Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU). Chapter 3. Causes of sickness absence: research approaches and explanatory models

Scand J Public Health Suppl. 2004:63:36-43. doi: 10.1080/14034950410021835.


Research on sickness absence, emanating from different theoretical perspectives and questions, is carried out within several different scientific disciplines. Studies are often based on explanatory models addressing the causes of sickness absence. Here, a brief summary of the various approaches and explanatory models used in sickness-absence research is presented. Also explanatory models for changes over time in sickness absence are briefly discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Research Design*
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • Sick Leave*
  • Sweden