Presentation T O31

T O31 (Oral Presentation):
Work related disorders in the back and arm in the Swedish work force – the costs of sick leave

Presented by: Mats Hagberg

Authors

Hagberg M1, Noor A1

  1. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg

Abstract

Background

It is well-known that the costs of sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorders are high in most countries. However, it is quite difficult to assess the costs of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of the present study was to explore the costs of work-related musculoskeletal disorders due to sick leave in the Swedish work force (approx. 4.3 million employed).

Methods

A representative sample from Swedish work force, 18,778 participated in the survey year 2010 (93% participation rate). In a telephone interview they were asked questions about physical and other type (stress, etc.) work related disorder, health, sick-leave and rehabilitation. The part of indirect costs attributed to sick-leave benefits was estimated from statistics from the Swedish National Insurance agency.

Results

The employed persons in Sweden reported 4.6 million sick leave days due to work-related disorders in back and arm. This represented 52% of sick leave days due to all type of work related disorders. Women had a higher proportion of sick leave days, 62% (2.9 million) than men. Employed men with self-reported work related disorder of the lumbar spine were on average on sick leave 6 days while employed women 13 days during the past 12 months. The estimated sickness benefit costs of work- related disorders in the back and the arm during the year 2009 amounted to be about 2 118 million SEK (1.236 billion SEK for women and 882 million SEK for men) 1 CAN$ = 6 SEK.

Conclusions

The estimated sickness benefit cost of work- related disorders in the back and the arm was substantial. There were significant differences in sickness absence and costs attributed to work-related disorders of the back and arm between men and women in Swedish work force.

Schedule Details

Tuesday September 30
15:45 - 17:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (T O25 - T O38 and Seminar 6)
Session: Work Disability trajectories
Room B