Burnout levels and self-rated health prospectively predict future long-term sickness absence: a study among female health professionals

U. Peterson, G. Bergström, E. Demerouti, P. Gustavsson, M. Asberg, A. Nygren

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Abstract

AB Objective: This study investigates the predictive validity of the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI), and of three health indicators (depression, anxiety, and self-rated health), for long-term sickness absence (LTSA). Methods: Questionnaires were sent to all employees in a Swedish County Council (N = 6118), and the overall response rate was 65% (N = 3976). As 82% were women, only women were included in the study. Certified LTSA data were collected. Results: Logistic regression analyses showed that high scores on exhaustion, depression, and poor self-rated health increased the risk of future LTSA (>=90 days). Support for the proposed two-factorial structure of the OLBI was found, including the dimensions of exhaustion and disengagement from work. Conclusion: Using burnout measures might be useful to identify those at risk for LTSA, and to enable preventive solutions in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-793
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume53
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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