A novel approach to early sickness absence management: the EASY (early access to support for you) way

Demou, E. , Brown, J. , Sanati, K., Kennedy, M., Murray, K. and Macdonald, E. B. (2016) A novel approach to early sickness absence management: the EASY (early access to support for you) way. Work, 53(3), pp. 597-608. (doi:10.3233/WOR-152137) (PMID:26409380) (PMCID:PMC4927878)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sickness absence (SA) is multi-causal and remains a significant problem for employees, employers and society. This makes it necessary to concurrently manage a particular disabling condition and consider the working environment and employee-employer relationship. OBJECTIVE: To describe and examine the components of a novel SA management service Early Access to Support for You (EASY) and discuss their potential influence on the intervention. METHODS: A new sickness absence model, starting from day one of absence, was created called EASY. EASY is planned to support both employees and managers and comprises elements already found to be associated with reduction of SA, such as maintaining regular contact; early biopsychosocial case-management; physiotherapy; mental-health counselling; work modification; phased return-to-work; and health promotion activities. RESULTS: During the EASY implementation period, the SA rate at a health board reversed its trend of being one of the highest rates in the Scottish National Health Service (NHS) and EASY was considered helpful by both managers and employees. CONCLUSIONS: This paper describes an innovative occupational health intervention to sickness absence management based on the bio-psychosocial model to provide early intervention, and discusses the pros and cons of applying cognitive behavioural principles at an early stage in sickness-absence events, in order to improve return-to-work outcomes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Demou, Dr Evangelia and MacDonald, Professor Ewan and Brown, Dr Judith
Authors: Demou, E., Brown, J., Sanati, K., Kennedy, M., Murray, K., and Macdonald, E. B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Work
Publisher:IOS Press
ISSN:1051-9815
ISSN (Online):1875-9270
Published Online:21 August 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 IOS Press
First Published:First published in Work 53(3): 597-608
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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620221MRC SPHSU/GU Transfer FellowshipsLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_PC_13027IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU