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Relative magnitude of presenteeism and absenteeism and work-related factors affecting them among health care professionals

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To examine the extent and relative value of presenteeism and absenteeism and work-related factors affecting them among health care professionals.


Physicians and nurses estimated their hours of absenteeism and presenteeism during the last 4 weeks due to health reasons, and how much their work capacity had been reduced during their presenteeism hours. Socio-economic background, factors related to work and work conditions and possible chronic and acute diseases were solicited.


Presenteeism was more common but indicated lower monetary value than absenteeism. Job satisfaction explained the probability and magnitude of presenteeism, but not absenteeism. Experience of acute disease(s) during the study period of 4 weeks significantly predicted the probability of both presenteeism and absenteeism.


Experience of presenteeism seemed to be common among health care workers, and it had significant economic value, although not as significant as absenteeism had.

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This study was supported by grants from the research funds of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

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Rantanen, I., Tuominen, R. Relative magnitude of presenteeism and absenteeism and work-related factors affecting them among health care professionals. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 84, 225–230 (2011).

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