Print Email Facebook Twitter Can sickness absence be reduced by stress reduction programs: On the effectiveness of two approaches Title Can sickness absence be reduced by stress reduction programs: On the effectiveness of two approaches Author van Rhenen, W. Blonk, R.W.B. Schaufeli, W.B. van Dijk, F.J.H. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2007 Abstract Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two brief preventive stress reduction programs - a cognitive focused program and a combined intervention of physical exercise and relaxation - on sickness absence in stressed and non-stressed employees working in various jobs in a telecom company. Methods: The study was designed as an a priori randomized trial and the follow-up period for sickness absence was 1 year. Sickness absence data of 242 employees were analyzed with respect to spells of sickness (frequency, incidence rate), days (length, duration) and time between intervention and first subsequent absent spell. Results: For stressed employees this study suggests that the illness burden represented by absenteeism is not affected by the interventions. There is no substantial difference in effectiveness between the cognitive and physical interventions. However, in comparison with the physical intervention the cognitive intervention decreases the period between the intervention and the first recurrence of a sick leave period with 144 days (marginal significant). Conclusion: The illness burden represented by absenteeism is effected in detail but not substantially by the interventions. © Springer-Verlag 2006. Subject WorkplaceArbeidsparticipatieLichaamshoudingLichaamsbewegingZiekteverzuimSociaal verzuimStressGeestelijke overbelastingPreventieRustSlaapAlternatieve geneeskundeArbobeleid bedrijvenCognitive interventionOccupational healthPhysical interventionSickness absenceAbsenteeismAdultClinical effectivenessClinical trialCognitive therapyControlled clinical trialControlled studyDisease durationEmployeeExerciseFemaleFollow upHealth programHumanIncidenceIntermethod comparisonJob stressMajor clinical studyMaleMedical leaveOccupational diseaseOccupational hazardPhysical activityRandomized controlled trialRecurrent diseaseRelaxation trainingRisk reductionTelecommunicationiddle AgedNetherlandsOccupational HealthProgram EvaluationSick LeaveStress, Psychological To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e98b3668-e8d0-4455-8cf2-1e822c90c86a DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00420-006-0157-9 TNO identifier 239968 ISSN 0340-0131 Source International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 80 (6), 505-515 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.