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Table 2 Physicians' characteristics, frequencies of sickness-certification consultations and related problems (%), distributed on clinical settings.

From: Sickness-certification practice in different clinical settings; a survey of all physicians in a country

  Characteristics of the physiciansa
in different clinics
Rate (%) of physiciansa who had
sickness-certification consultations at
different frequencies during a week
Rate (%) of physiciansa who
experienced problems related to
sickness-certification at different
frequencies during a week
Clinical setting Mean
age
Women
%
Specialist
%
> 20
times a
week
60-20
times a
week
1-5
times a
week
< once a
week
> 10
times a
week
6-10
times a
week
1-5
times a
week
< once a
Week
Internal medicine 43 45.4 58.9 2.4 19.1 50.0 28.5 0.2 1.6 14.8 83.4
Primary health care 48 51.0 66.8 2.3 40.4 52.4 4.9 2.2 5.5 46.6 45.8
Surgery 44 30.7 64.7 4.6 33.4 48.1 13.8 0.8 1.5 15.9 81.9
Psychiatry 47 55.5 65.6 10.0 50.0 30.6 9.4 3.5 7.2 39.3 50.0
Gynaecology 47 69.0 74.1 1.8 29.6 50.6 18.0 0.8 3.5 22.0 73.7
Orthopaedic 45 20.8 67.9 19.2 59.3 18.5 3.1 3.5 7.5 42.5 46.5
Occupational health 56 43.8 95.1 16.3 62.0 18.9 2.8 2.6 6.7 35.1 55.6
Ear, nose, and throat 47 44.0 77.1 0.9 21.0 60.0 18.0 0.2 1.0 11.4 87.4
Child and adolescent 48 53.9 78.4 0.8 5.7 22.4 71.1 0.3 0.3 8.1 91.3
Ophthalmology 48 56.8 80.3 0.0 3.8 21.8 74.4 0.0 0.3 4.0 95.7
Oncology 45 57.8 64.9 20.2 50.9 23.9 5.0 0.6 1.6 16.4 81.4
Infectious diseases 43 49.7 62.9 1.6 18.6 60.7 19.2 0.3 1.0 14.1 84.7
Neurology 46 42.2 75.4 2.6 42.7 47.8 6.9 0.0 3.1 37.0 59.9
Dermatology 48 68.0 77.0 0.0 3.5 22.0 74.5 0.5 0.5 7.4 91.5
Rheumatology 49 53.8 79.1 3.3 45.6 45.6 5.5 1.7 4.4 39.2 54.7
Rehabilitation 51 57.7 79.2 17.9 45.2 26.2 10.7 1.9 2.5 25.3 70.4
Geriatrics 49 57.0 78.9 0.9 3.5 14.0 81.6 0.0 0.0 1.9 98.1
Administration 53 42.7 86.6 4.9 3.7 31.7 59.8 1.5 0.0 7.7 90.8
Pain management 54 28.8 90.4 17.8 56.2 20.5 5.5 6.3 12.7 23.8 57.1
Other 48 43.4 72.7 15.7 26.7 32.8 24.8 1.9 2.5 15.0 80.6
Do not work in a clinic 41 50.0 47.4 13.2 36.8 28.9 21.1 3.6 7.1 32.1 57.1
All of the physicians a 47 47.6 68.8 5.8 34.5 42.5 17.2 1.6 3.8 28.9 65.7
Missing (n = 56) 43 44.6 51.8 10.7 21.4 48.2 19.6 2.2 2.2 22.2 73.3
  1. a Physicians (aged <65) who had sickness-certification consultations at least a few times a year, n = 14,210