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Table 1 Characteristics of the study group in 2002 (n=9844), n (%)

From: Short-term sick leave and future risk of sickness absence and unemployment - the impact of health status

   Short-term sick-leave (STSL) spells in 2002    
No spell n (%) Low STSL (1 spell) n (%) High STSL (>1 spell) n (%) P-value*
  Total 4895 (49.7) 3125 (31.8) 1824 (18.5)  
Sex Men 2733 (56.8) 1430 (29.3) 714 (14.6)  
  Women 2162 (43.5) 1695 (34.1) 1110 (22.4) < 0.0001
Age 18-29 429 (33.0) 425 (32.7) 446 (34.3)  
  30-44 1828 (45.0) 1363 (33.6) 871 (21.4)  
  45-59 2638 (58.9) 1337 (29.8) 507 (11.3) < 0.0001
Socio-economic position 2002 Manual and skilled manual worker 953 (44.8) 697 (32.8) 477 (22.4)  
  Low non-manual workers 554 (43.4) 447 (35.0) 277 (21.7)  
  Middle and high non-manual workers 2549 (48.4) 1748 (33.2) 968 (18.4)  
  Self-employed and farmers 741 (73.3) 189 (18.7) 81 (8.0) < 0.0001
  Missing 98 44 21  
Born outside of Sweden Yes 701 (55.1) 379 (29.8) 193 (15.2)  
  No 4179 (48.9) 2738 (32.1) 1626 (19.0) < 0.0001
  Missing 15 8 5  
Self-rated health Very good/Good 4275 (51.2) 2652 (31.8) 1418 (17.0)  
  Fair/Bad/Very bad 579 (41.1) 446 (31.6) 385 (27.3) < 0.0001
  Missing 41 27 21  
Mental wellbeing measured with GHQ 12 Yes to < 3 items 4103 (51.9) 2485 (31.4) 1315 (16.6)  
  Yes to >= 3 items 715 (40.1) 592 (33.2) 477 (26.7) < 0.0001
  Missing 77 48 32  
Limiting longstanding illness Yes, to a high degree/Yes, to some degree 399 (43.6) 264 (28.8) 253 (27.6)  
  No 4459 (50.4) 2830 (32.0) 1555 (17.6) < 0.0001
  Missing 37 31 16  
  1. *P-values for Chi square tests.