Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2007, page 28-37.
To test the effect of a multidisciplinary stress management programme on sick leave and physiological measures.
63 employed persons aged 25 to 61 years were referred to a stress management programme at the Clinic of Occupational Medicine in 2003 and 2004.
The stress management program consisted of the following:
In average each patient went through 6 one hour sessions during four months.
34 employees served as a control group. They had a one hour consultation at baseline, and after 4 months. After one and two years an evaluation took place.
Questionnaires regarding stress symptoms, SF36 and depression (WHO scale) were ﬁlled out at baseline, after 4 months and one and two years.
The sick leave rate in the stress management group dropped from 50 percent to 17 percent during the ﬁrst year of follow up and remained stable. In the control group the reduction in sick leave rate was signiﬁcantly slower. After 4 months the sick leave rate was signiﬁcantly higher, whereas no signiﬁcant difference between the two groups was observed after 1 and 2 years.
In both groups scores form stress symptoms and depression decreased signiﬁcantly during four month and the next eight months.
The stress management programme showed a signiﬁcant effect on sick leave rate, whereas no signiﬁcant differences on stress related symptoms where observed between the two groups. The stress management programme seemed to be feasible for general practitioners.