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Table 2 Sickness absence characteristics among the total sample. By age, gender, general health and occupational group

From: Socioeconomic status and duration and pattern of sickness absence. A 1-year follow-up study of 2331 hospital employees

  Total Any absence Any short
spells
(1-3 days)
Any medium
spells
(4-14 days)
Any long
spells
(>14 days)
"Normal"
absence
pattern1)
"Abnormal"
absence
pattern1)
Days at
risk of a
new absence
spell2)
Number of
absence spells
per person-year
at risk
Number of
absence days
in percent of
all working days2). Group total
  N n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) mean (SD) median %
Age           
18-29 235 191 (81) 175 (74) 106 (45) 22 (9) 76 (32 ) 115 (49) 173 (64) 4.00 7.3
30-39 628 512 (82) 469 (75) 299 (48) 41 (7) 246 (39) 266 (42) 182 (62) 3.14 5.6
40-49 715 596 (83) 527 (73) 318 (44) 69 (10) 306 (43) 290 (41) 193 (55) 3.07 6.3
50-69 753 590 (78) 522 (69) 311 (41) 77 (10) 342 (45) 248 (33) 200 (47) 2.05 6.0
Gender           
Women 1954 1610 (82) 1443 (74) 884 (45) 190 (10) 814 (42) 796 (41) 190 (55) 3.07 6.4
Men 377 279 (74) 250 (66) 150 (40) 19 (5) 156 (41) 123 (33) 189 (61) 2.06 4.7
General
health
          
Fair or
poor
121 106 (88) 97 (80) 69 (57) 24 (10) 38 (31) 68 (56) 178 (64) 5.11 11.3
Good, very
good or
excellent
2177 1757 (81) 1573 (72) 949 (44) 178 (8) 920 (42) 836 (38) 191 (55) 3.03 5.8
Occupational
group 1)
          
Doctors 258 159 (62) 149 (58) 40 (16) 9 (3) 119 (46) 40 (16) 168 (71) 1.06 2.4
Physiotherapists 294 216 (73) 207 (70) 90 (31) 21 (7) 117 (49) 99 (34) 198 (52) 2.06 4.7
Nurses 710 594 (84) 538 (76) 305 (43) 62 (9) 310 (44) 284 (40) 191 (55) 3.07 5.7
Medical
secretaries
328 269 (82) 248 (76) 149 (45) 23 (7) 137 (42) 132 (40) 191 (56) 3.01 5.4
Nursing
assistants
491 437 (89) 386 (79) 290 (59) 71 (14) 190 (39) 247 (50) 191 (52) 4.05 9.0
Cleaners/
porters
250 214 (86) 165 (66) 160 (64) 23 (9) 97 (39) 117 (47) 197 (50) 3.05 7.2
Total 2331 1889 (81) 1693 (73) 1034 (44) 209 (9) 970 (42) 919 (39) 190 (56) 3.04 6.1
  1. 1) See table 1
  2. 2) Maximum 227 working days in one year.