The organization of sick leave certification - an international comparison

Projectgroup:Switzerland: Sarah Kedzia, Wout de Boer (Lead), Regina Kunz, asim, University Hospital Basel
Canada: Shanil Ebrahim, McMaster University, Hamilton
Schweden: Kristina Alexanderson, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
Norway: Soren Brage, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service, Oslo
The Netherlands: Sandra Brouwer, University of Groningen
Great Britain: Debbie Cohen, School of Medicine, Cardiff
Italy: Cristina dal Pozzo, Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority, Venice
France: Christian Foury, Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés
Finland: Kari-Pekka Martimo, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Slowenia: Olivera Masten-Cuznar, Slovenia Health Insurance, Ljubljana
Romania: Corina Oancea, Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest
Germany: Christina Reese, Institute for Quality Management and Social Medicine, University of Freiburg
Croatia: Nada Turcic, Croatian Institute for Health Protection and Safety at Work

All Western countries provide sickness certification and undertake activities to return employees back to work. The different ways of organising these activities among and within countries, make it often difficult to compare studies and reports on sickness certification. Therefore we set out an international study to document the processes across Europe and North America, and explore if the ways the certification and return to work are organised, impact on perceived problems and solutions. We aim for three experts per country (one researcher, one physician working with sickness certification, one insurance specialist) to provide this information.

Contact:Sarah Kedzia,