Work hours and absenteeism among police officers

Source: Desta Fekedulegn, Cecil M Burchfiel, Tara A Hartley, Penelope Baughman, Luenda E Charles, Michael E Andrew, John M Violanti, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 15 no. 4, 2013
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From the PubMed abstract:
In this study, the cross-sectional association of paid work hours with episodes of work absence was examined in a cohort of police officers. Study subjects were participants from the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study examined between 2004 and 2009. Among 395 study participants with complete data, day-by-day work history records during the one-year period prior to date of examination were used to determine episodes of one-day and three day work absence. The Negative binomial regression analysis was used to examine rate ratios (RR) of work absence. Analyses were also stratified by gender. A one-hour increase in total work hours was associated with 5% reduction in rate of one-day work absence and with 8% reduction in rate of three-day work absence. The association of total work hours with episodes of one-day work absence was significant only in men while the association with episodes of three-day work absence was evident in men and women. In conclusion, in this cohort of police officers, work hours were negatively associated with both durations of work absence.