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Table 5 Demographic and work-related items associated with expressed need for skills and knowledge.

From: What physicians want to learn about sickness certification: analyses of questionnaire data from 4019 physicians

  Knowledge-index1 Skills-index2
  n group mean/reference group mean difference from reference group mean p n group mean/reference group mean difference from reference group mean p
All 3900 65.6    3905 59.4   
Sex (ref: male) 1961 62.8    1966 57.5   
Female 1939   +5.5 <0.001 1939   +3.7 <0.001
Educational level (ref: specialist) 2850 63.6    2856 56.8   
Medical degree 187   +10.0 <0.001 186   +14.3 <0.001
Registered physician 121   +7.1 <0.001 121   +9.1 <0.001
In resident training 717   +6.9 <0.001 717   +8.5 <0.001
Main workplace         
Psychiatry 348 72.6    347 63.5   
Primary health care centre 952 71.4    952 71.1   
Oncology 103 67.5    102 56.0   
Addiction medicine 38 66.9    38 58.2   
Internal medicine 359 66.2    359 59.7   
Orthopaedics 183 65.1    184 55.9   
Rehabilitation care3 58 62.5    58 56.6   
Other4 1152 62.0    1158 53.2   
Gynaecology/Obstetrics 278 61.7    278 54.2   
Occupational health services 122 59.8    122 58.5   
Surgery 290 57.2    290 49.6   
Support from management (ref: yes) 982 64.8    982 58.6   
No 2761   +1.6 0.018 2763   +1.7 0.013
Workplace policy (ref: yes) 564 57.9    564 51.6   
No 3256   +9.2 <0.001 3259   +9.4 <0.001
Frequency of sickness certification cases (ref: low frequency) 1925 63.3    1929 56.7   
High frequency 1975   +4.5 <0.001 1976   +5.3 <0.001
Frequency of problems in handling sickness certification (ref: low frequency) 3603 65.1    3607 58.6   
High frequency 251   +7.2 <0.001 252   +12.0 <0.001
Regular contacts with SIO 5 (ref: yes) 3024 68.5    3024 67.3   
No 841   -3.8 <0.001 844   -10.0 <0.001
  1. 1Sickness insurance rules, other forms of compensation and options and responsibilities of the physician, the SIO, the employer, and the employment office
  2. 2Judging work capacity, assess work demands, assess optimum length and degree of certification, handling conflicts, designing plans of action
  3. 3Including physicians in social insurance office and insurance company
  4. 4All other types of workplaces
  5. 5Social Insurance Office
  6. One-way ANOVA. Mean index value, in percent of maximum.
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