Sickness-related absence among employees at a tertiary care center in Lebanon

Arch Environ Occup Health. 2006 Nov-Dec;61(6):279-84. doi: 10.3200/AEOH.61.6.279-284.


The authors studied the rate of sickness-related absence of employees at a tertiary care center. They examined sickness-related absence records of employees, including nurses, food service workers, housekeeping, and security personnel, in a university teaching hospital in Lebanon over a period of 1 year. These departments included 1,010 employees, of which 47% took sickness absences during the study period. In all, 49.02% of the nursing employees, 43.67% of the food service workers, 37.79% of the housekeeping employees, and 47.5% of the protection/security workers took sickness-related absences. Employees in younger age groups took the majority of sicknessrelated absences; in general, these constituted short-duration sickness-related absences (relative to those taken by emploees in older age groups; dietary personnel were the exception to this pattern). Principal causes of sickness-related absences were respiratory illness and musculoskeletal problems. The authors observed that distribution of sickness-related absences among the departments studied was similar to the actual distribution of employees. They considered reasons for sicknessrelated absences as pertinent to each category.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Documentation
  • Female
  • Hospitals, University / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Lebanon / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel, Hospital / classification
  • Personnel, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sick Leave / statistics & numerical data*