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Experiences of graded sick leave and return to work process in Norway
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Norway has a high prevalence of sick leave compared to other Nordic countries and has been criticized for offering generous sick leave benefits. This qualitative study aims to explore experiences of graded sick leave and return to work in Norway. Six employees from the private sector were interviewed regarding their experiences of the Norwegian model for earlier follow-up of employees on sick leave. The collected data was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The results indicated several important aspects of the return to work process which were perceived as both obstacles and opportunities. The possibility of having time to recover as well as finding a balance of a manageable work load with stimulating assignments were seen as essential and communication was crucial to attain the latter.

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sick leave, return to work, Norway, experience, perception, occupational rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79031OAI: diva2:638969
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Examensarbete i psykologi
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Master's Programme in Occupational Health
Available from: 2013-10-29 Created: 2013-08-05 Last updated: 2013-12-20Bibliographically approved

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