AOK: Absenteeism is increasing



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AOK: Absenteeism of employees increases: The scientific institute of the AOK (WidO) announced in a press release, published today, increasing numbers of sick leave of employees due to flu.

The Scientific Institute of the AOK (WidO) reported in a press release published today, Friday, increasing numbers of sick leave of employees due to flu. Accordingly, the share of AOK members in employee relationships in sick leave rose by 0.2 percent compared to the previous year to 4.8 percent. In 2009, more than 50 percent of employees insured with AOK were on sick leave at least once. With almost five million people, it is around 16 percent of the total German population. The average incapacity to work lasted just over 17 days. In 2008 it was just under 17 days.

Respiratory diseases seem to be on the rise. According to the AOK, they accounted for around 25 percent of their insured employees. Most of the sick leave due to respiratory problems was in January and November. However, the list of reasons for illness-related absenteeism leads to muscular and skeletal disorders, after the respiratory diseases, injuries and mental illnesses mentioned.

From the point of view of naturopathy, the increasing numbers should give reason to think and cause the responsible persons of the health insurance companies to rethink. Preventive measures, such as the concept of salutogenesis or treatments for functional complaints of the musculoskeletal system, for example through osteopathy, could represent sensible, cost-effective countermeasures, which have so far not been included in the benefits catalog of the statutory health insurers. Observers are not surprised because the AOK still has an outdated description of osteopathy on its website. Among other things, it states: "There is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of osteopathy."

This is partly contradicted by the "Scientific evaluation of osteopathic procedures" - initiated by the German Medical Association on August 28, 2009. It states, among other things: "Two commissioned experts came to the conclusion that for some areas of osteopathic assessment and therapy as well as certain techniques already exist there is a relevant number of scientific papers available. ”Especially for musculoskeletal complaints that list the causes of sick leave and that can be treated with manual medicine, there should be indications of the effectiveness of certain techniques based on the criteria of evidence-based medicine (EBM).

It remains to be seen how those responsible for the AOK will deal with the figures now published and to what extent they will use the information available to them regarding alternative intervention options in the future. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, March 12, 2010)


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Definition of osteopathy by the AOK
Scientific evaluation of osteopathic procedures

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