Sickness Absence and Occupational Disease Statistics

  • Michael Alderson


The National Insurance Act of 1946 for Great Britain provided for the compulsory insurance of everybody between school-leaving and retirement age, with the exception of married women and a few other particular categories, such as civil servants. This system provided, for the first time, the base for collecting national data on sickness absence. From statistics sheets completed for a sample of the insured persons who were incapacitated, particulars have been recorded of the individual (for example, date of birth, sex, marital status); particulars about the spell (whether for sickness or injury), the duration, whether the spell was linked with another period of illness, injury or unemployment; and the reason for termination of the spell. Limited medical particulars were available for the diagnosis obtained from the final medical certificate, or the nature and the site of injury for an industrial injury.


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© Michael Alderson 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alderson
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  1. 1.SouthamptonUK

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