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dc.contributor.authorMorken, Toneen_US
dc.contributor.authorHaukenes, Ingeren_US
dc.contributor.authorMagnussen, Liv Heideen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-19T10:50:39Z
dc.date.available2013-05-19T10:50:39Z
dc.date.issued2012-09-21eng
dc.PublishedBMC Public Health 2012, 12:813eng
dc.identifier.issn1471-245
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1956/6630
dc.description.abstractBackground: High prevalence of sickness absence in countries with generous welfare schemes has generated debates on mechanisms that may influence workers’ decisions about calling in sick for work. Little is known about the themes at stake during the decision-making process for reaching the choice of absence or attendance when feeling ill. The aim of the study was to examine decisions of absence versus attendance among car mechanics when feeling ill. Methods: Interviews with 263 male car mechanics from 19 companies were used for the study, analysed by systematic text condensation and presented as descriptions and quotations of experiences and opinions. Results: Three major themes were at stake during the decision-making process: 1) Experienced degree of illness, focusing on the present health condition and indicators of whether you are fit for work or not; 2) daily life habits, where attending work was a daily routine, often learned from childhood; 3) the importance of the job, with focus on the importance of work, colleagues, customers and work environment. Conclusions: The car mechanics expressed a strong will to attend work in spite of illness. Knowledge about attitudes and dilemmas in reaching the decision regarding sickness absence or sickness attendance is useful in the prevention of sickness absence.en_US
dc.language.isoengeng
dc.publisherBioMed Centraleng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/eng
dc.subjectSick leaveeng
dc.subjectWork environmenteng
dc.titleAttending work or not when sick – what makes the decision? A qualitative study among car mechanicsen_US
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.description.versionpublishedVersionen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2012 Morken et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-813
dc.identifier.cristin972352
dc.source.journalBMC Public Health
dc.source.4012


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