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Table 4 Sickness absence characteristics of persons with any sickness absence (n = 1889).

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

    Longest absence spell1) Results from logistic regression analyses, final model
  Number of
persons with
any absence
Number of
absence days
per year
Short
(1-3 days)
Medium
(4 -14 days)
Long
(>14 days)
Medium versus short spells2) Long versus short spells3) Long versus medium spells4)
Occupational group5) n median n (%) n (%) n (%) OR (95% CI) OR (95% CI) OR (95% CI)
Doctors 159 3 116 (73) 34 (21) 9 (6) 1.00 1.00 1.00
Physio-
therapists
216 7 117 (54) 78 (36) 21 (10) 2.24 (1.25-4.03) 1.51 (0.58-3.96) 0.95 (0.32-2.79)
Nurses 594 8 265 (45) 267 (45) 62 (10) 3.24 (1.94-5.40) 2.27 (0.98-5.29) 0.78 (0.29-2.07)
Medical
secretaries
269 8 111 (41) 135 (50) 23 (9) 4.49 (2.60-7.78) 2.09 (0.83-5.26) 0.58 (0.20-1.67)
Nursing
assistants
437 11 131 (30) 235 (54) 71 (16) 5.84 (3.41-9.99) 4.25 (1.83-9.87) 0.84 (0.31-2.27)
Cleaners/
porters
214 12 47 (22) 144 (67) 23 (11) 11.2 (6.08-20.8) 4.71 (1.82-2.19) 0.72 (0.25-2.07)
Total 1889 9 787 (42) 893 (47) 209 (11)    
p6)       <0.0001 0.0003 0.8151
Mean change
of estimates
compared to
start model
      6.2% -11.0% 3.4%
  1. By occupational group. Odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) of medium versus short, long versus short and long versus medium spells, adjusted for other significant covariates in multiple logistic regression analysis (see text).
  2. 1) Short = only short spells. Medium = any medium but no long spells. Long = any long spells. See figure 1.
  3. 2) Adjusted for age, gender, work-place unit, follow-up time, overall demands, control, job strain and general health. Persons with long spells (n = 209) were excluded from the analyses.
  4. 3) Adjusted for age, gender, work-place unit, follow-up time,violence and general health. Persons with medium spells (n = 893) were excluded from the analyses
  5. 4) Adjusted for age, gender, work-place unit, follow-up time, violence, insecurity at work, duties and general health. Persons with short spells (n = 787) were excluded from the analyses.
  6. 5) See table 1.
  7. 6) Probability of no difference between occupational groups, χ2-test.