Legislative change enabling use of early part-time sick leave enhanced return to work and work participation in Finland

Part-time sick leave is used in many countries to enhance return to work, however its effectiveness – especially at the early stage of work disability – is not known. This quasi-experiment utilizing propensity
score matching shows that part-time sick leave, started during the first 12 weeks of work disability, enhances return to work and increases work participation over a 2-year period.

Source: Viikari-Juntura E, Virta LJ, Kausto J, Autti-Rämö I, Martimo K-P, Laaksonen M, Leinonen T, Husgafvel-Pursiainen K, Burdorf A, Solovieva S. (2017). Scand J Work Environ Health.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3664

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