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Local economy and sickness absence: prospective cohort study
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    Re: Re: Local economy and sickness absence
    • Marianna Virtanen, Senior researcer
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      • Mika Kivimäki, Marko Elovainio, Pekka Virtanen, and Jussi Vahtera

    Dear Editor,

    This is a response to the e-letter sent by Dr Wenbin Liang. We appreciate the comments and found them highly valuable.

    Point 1. "The subjects of the study are collected from several geographical clusters, and peoples health in the same hospital could be strongly related....A small flu spreading among staff may affect the incidence of medically certified sickness absence in one local emp...

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    Re: Local economy and sickness absence

    Dear Editor,

    I agree with the paper that high unemployment rate may have a negative impact on the health of the general population, as sickness absence could be consider as a measure of health.[1] It may worthwhile to further investigate the character of morbidity that associated with economy hardship.

    Nevertheless, the subjects in the paper were “entire staff of 10 towns and 15 public hospitals in 25 s...

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