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Revista de Salud Pública

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MARTINEZ-LOPEZ, Elkin  and  SALDARRIAGA-FRANCO, Juan. Sedentariness and absenteeism in the work setting. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.2, pp.227-238. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective To study the absenteeism in regard to sex, age and physical inactivity in the work setting. Methods Frequency, duration, cost and causes of absenteeism are studied in relation physical activity as a regular behaviour. Relative risk and its 95 % confidence intervals are estimated. Results Respiratory diseases are the first cause of sick leaves. Absenteeism is higher in women. RR 1 ,65 (CI 95 % 1,53-1,77), is associated to age RR 1,25 (CI 95% 1,12-1,38) and to sedentariness RR 2,17 (IC 95 % 1,72-2,73). Conclusions Physical inactivity increases the rate and duration of absenteeism This fact has unfavourable implications for all: the worker, the institution and the society.Programs aimed at promoting physical activity in the work setting are strategic options in occupational health.

Keywords : Absenteeism; motor activity.

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