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Table 2 Frequency of reported experiences related to sickness certification, and perceived problems by clinic

From: Reasons for and factors associated with issuing sickness certificates for longer periods than necessary: results from a nationwide survey of physicians

  Frequency of the following situations related to sickness certification Perceived problems regarding sickness certification
  Delicate interactions with patients Lack of time Collaboration, referrals, and support Need for more competence Problems following guidelines General problems Problems with assessment Problems with patient contacts
(min = 0; max = 4) (min = 0; max = 4) (min = 0; max = 4) (min = 0; max = 3) (min = 0; max = 3) (min = 0; max = 3) (min = 0; max = 3) (min = 0; max = 3)
  M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) M (SD)
Child and youth 0.40 (0.41) 2.53 (1.10) 0.33 (0.33) 1.22 (0.60) 2.03 (1.27) 1.06 (0.68) 1.13 (0.66) 0.90 (0.66)
Dermatology 0.50 (0.43) 2.31 (1.33) 0.49 (0.37) 1.35 (0.59) 1.62 (1.29) 1.50 (0.83) 1.42 (0.75) 1.25 (0.74)
Ear, nose, and throat 0.43 (0.34) 2.30 (1.29) 0.33 (0.33) 1.22 (0.60) 2.14 (1.20) 1.13 (0.73) 1.29 (0.74) 1.11 (0.73)
Eye 0.50 (0.47) 2.45 (1.23) 0.20 (0.22) 1.11 (0.58) 1.94 (1.28) 1.26 (0.87) 1.26 (0.71) 1.17 (0.79)
Gynecology 0.65 (0.49) 2.40 (1.20) 0.34 (0.29) 1.24 (0.59) 1.69 (1.29) 1.16 (0.71) 1.32 (0.69) 1.24 (0.72)
Infection 0.46 (0.38) 2.32 (1.14) 0.28 (0.26) 1.27 (0.51) 2.07 (1.18) 1.27 (0.63) 1.46 (0.69) 1.21 (0.68)
Internal medicine 0.49 (0.36) 2.57 (1.13) 0.38 (0.33) 1.36 (0.57) 1.75 (1.29) 1.26 (0.71) 1.52 (0.70) 1.27 (0.69)
Neurology 0.55 (0.39) 2.97 (1.03) 0.66 (0.44) 1.35 (0.59) 1.99 (1.25) 1.35 (0.72) 1.52 (0.70) 1.23 (0.69)
Occupational health 0.67 (0.44) 2.11 (1.32) 1.67 (0.50) 1.24 (0.54) 0.83 (1.08) 0.96 (0.77) 1.22 (0.68) 0.90 (0.64)
Oncology 0.36 (0.33) 2.55 (1.17) 0.34 (0.31) 1.16 (0.58) 2.03 (1.27) 1.06 (0.68) 1.13 (0.66) 0.90 (0.66)
Orthopedic 0.76 (0.46) 3.04 (1.06) 0.52 (0.34) 1.24 (0.56) 1.79 (1.28) 1.43 (0.77) 1.48 (0.69) 1.41 (0.72)
Pain 0.64 (0.51) 1.83 (1.49) 1.04 (0.72) 1.15 (0.65) 1.66 (1.27) 1.19 (0.97) 1.35 (0.91) 1.02 (0.83)
Primary health care 0.80 (0.50) 2.96 (0.96) 1.11 (0.46) 1.53 (0.54) 1.33 (1.17) 1.61 (0.73) 1.94 (0.69) 1.57 (0.69)
Psychiatry 0.73 (0.52) 2.73 (1.11) 1.11 (0.61) 1.51 (0.56) 1.73 (1.25) 1.32 (0.79) 1.60 (0.75) 1.23 (0.70)
Rehabilitation 0.46 (0.39) 2.36 (1.22) 1.56 (0.71) 1.35 (0.55) 1.39 (1.25) 1.05 (0.78) 1.16 (0.66) 0.95 (0.66)
Rheumatology 0.59 (0.38) 3.01 (0.96) 0.69 (0.41) 1.36 (0.59) 1.75 (1.24) 1.36 (0.75) 1.60 (0.62) 1.36 (0.68)
Surgery 0.50 (0.40) 2.48 (1.23) 0.25 (0.30) 1.10 (0.59) 1.87 (1.30) 1.09 (0.76) 1.22 (0.73) 1.03 (0.74)
ALL 0.65 (0.48) 2.68 (1.16) 0.75 (0.59) 1.36 (0.60) 1.60 (1.27) 1.33 (0.79) 1.55 (0.78) 1.28 (0.75)