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Table 1 Characteristics (frequency and %) for all individuals in Sweden with at least one sick-leave spell due to otoaudiological diagnoses in 2005

From: Sickness absence due to otoaudiological diagnoses; a descriptive nationwide study

Characteristic   Sick-leave due to otoaudiological diagnosesa
   All Otologicalb Hearingc Vertigod Tinnituse
Total No.   4768 1326 1012 1476 983
Age groups (years) 16-25 159 (3.33) 85 (6.41) 17 (1.67) 38 (2.57) 20 (2.03)
26-35 512 (10.74) 245 (18.48) 52 (5.14) 158 (10.70) 59 (6.00)
36-45 991 (20.78) 328 (24.74) 151 (14.92) 333 (22.56) 183 (18.62)
46-55 1369 (28.71) 348 (26.24) 295 (29.15) 468 (31.71) 266 (27.06)
  56-65 1737 (36.43) 320 (24.13) 497 (49.11) 479 (32.45) 455 (46.29)
Sex Women 2781 (58.33) 792 (59.73) 654 (64.62) 909 (61.59) 447 (45.47)
  Men 1987 (41.67) 534 (40.27) 358 (35.38) 567 (38.41) 536 (54.53)
Education (years) ≥12 1738 (35.45) 359 (27.07) 494 (48.81) 456 (30.89) 441 (44.86)
10-12 2278 (47.78) 744 (56.11) 414 (40.91) 736 (49.86) 396 (40.28)
0-9 744 (15.60) 220 (16.59) 104 (10.28) 280 (18.97) 145 (14.75)
  Missing 8 (0.17) - - - -
Family situation Living with partner without children living at home 1296 (27.18) 248 (18.70) 351 (34.68) 382 (25.88) 321 (32.66)
Living with partner with children living at home 1757 (36.85) 542 (40.87) 304 (30.04) 604 (40.92) 316 (32.15)
Living without a partner without children living at home 1340 (28.11) 422 (31.83) 280 (27.67) 359 (24.32) 291 (29.69)
  Living without a partner with children living at home 375 (7.86) 114 (8.60) 77 (7.61) 131 (8.88) 55 (5.60)
Type of living area Larger cities 1568 (32.89) 498 (37.56) 303 (29.94) 497 (33.67) 283 (28.79)
Medium sized cities 1829 (38.36) 482 (36.35) 411 (40.61) 562 (38.08) 383 (38.96)
  Smaller places 1371 (28.75) 346 (26.09) 298 (29.45) 417 (28.25) 317 (32.25)
Country of birth Sweden 4142 (86.87) 1095 (82.58) 907 (89.62) 1278 (86.59) 888 (90.34)
Other Nordic countries 165 (3.46) 53 (4.00) 37 (3.66) 60 (4.07) 17 (1.73)
Other European Union countries 102 (2.14) 26 (1.96) 18 (1.78) 32 (2.17) 26 (2.64)
  Rest of the world 359 (7.53) 152 (11.46) 50 (4.94) 106 (7.18) 52 (5.29)
Days hospitalized in 2000-2005 None 2506 (52.56) 493 (37.18) 643 (63.54) 708 (47.97) 676 (68.77)
<5 1244 (26.09) 495 (37.33) 200 (19.76) 382 (25.88) 175 (17.80)
  ≥5 1018 (21.35) 338 (25.49) 169 (16.70) 386 (26.15) 132 (13.43)
  1. a Twenty-nine individuals had more than one sick-leave spell in two different otoaudiological diagnoses groups and thus are included in two categories.
  2. b ICD10: H60-H75, H80, H92, H94, H95.
  3. c ICD10: H83, H90, H91.
  4. d ICD10: H81, H82.
  5. e ICD10: H93.