Health-Care Rx: Reducing work absences among Canadian nurses

Creating non-violent and supportive health-care workplaces might help prevent prolonged work absences among nurses. This is the upshot of a new study from the Institute for Work & Health. With the health-care sector having the highest rate of lost-time claims and work absence in the country, disability managers in Canada's health-care organizations may want to join forces with their counterparts in human resources to implement violence prevention and respectful workplace programs. A new study from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) shows that emotional and physical abuse at work, as well as disrespectful and unsupportive work environments, are associated with prolonged work absences among nurses.

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Franche, R.-L.; Murray, E.; Ibrahim, S. ; Smith, P.; Carnide, N.; Côté, P.; Gibson, J. ; Koehoorn, M. Examining the Impact of Worker and Workplace Factors on Prolonged Work Absences Among Canadian Nurses. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, August 2011, vol. 53, no 8, p 919–927. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182255dea

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