Prevalence of and factors associated with long-term COVID-19 sick leave in working-age patients followed in general practices in Germany

Jacob, Louis and Koyanagi, Ai and Smith, Lee and Tanislav, Christian and Konrad, Marcel and van der Beck, Susanne and Kostev, Karel (2021) Prevalence of and factors associated with long-term COVID-19 sick leave in working-age patients followed in general practices in Germany. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. ISSN 1201-9712

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2021.06.063

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the prevalence of and the factors associated with long-term sick leave in working-age patients diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in general practices in Germany. Methods: Patients aged 18-65 years who were diagnosed with COVID-19 in one of 1,255 general practices in Germany between March 2020 and February 2021 were included in this study. Long-term sick leave was defined as sick leave of at least four weeks. The association between these independent variables and long-term sick leave was studied using an adjusted logistic regression model. Results: This study included 30,950 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 (51.7% women, mean [standard deviation] age 41.5 [13.0] years). The prevalence of long-term sick leave was 5.8%. Female sex, older age, and several conditions (i.e., noninfective enteritis and colitis, reaction to severe stress, and adjustment disorders, atopic dermatitis, mononeuropathies, reflux diseases, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension) were positively and significantly associated with long-term sick leave. Conclusion: Long-term sick leave was relatively rare in COVID-19 patients followed in general practices in Germany. These results should be confirmed or invalidated in other settings and countries.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: long-term sick leave, COVID-19, general practices, Germany
Faculty: COVID-19 Research Collection
Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2021 08:53
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:50
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706696

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