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Table 1 Categorical distribution of observed and predicted length of sick leave. Observed and predicted length of sick leaves in seven categories for all participants (n = 993) compared to the responder group (n= 152). The assessments of National Insurance medical consultants and officers are grouped according to proportions of persons predicted in each category.

From: Length of sick leave – Why not ask the sick-listed? Sick-listed individuals predict their length of sick leave more accurately than professionals

  All participants Proportion according to Responder group Proportion according to
Length of sick leave categories Observed length % Assessed by medical consultants %
95% CI
Assessed by officers %
95% CI
Observed length %
95% CI
Assessed by medical consultants %
95% CI
Assessed by officers %
95% CI
Assessed by sick-listed %
95% CI
< 4 weeks 31.7 27.6
25.7–29.7
18.9
17.2–20.7
29.6
22.5–37.5
32.2
27.0–37.8
20.9
16.4–25.9
25.0
18.3–32.7
4–7 weeks 22.0 41.8
39.6–44.0
36.8
34.7–39.0
25.0
18.3–32.7
40.9
35.3–46.7
33.4
28.1–39.1
36.2
28.6–44.4
8–11 weeks 12.9 20.3
18.6–22.2
25.4
23.5–27.4
7.2
3.7–12.6
18.3
14.1–23.1
26.8
21.9–32.2
15.1
9.8–21.8
12–15 weeks 6.2 7.0
5.9–8.3
13.7
12.2–15.3
3.9
1.5–8.4
6.3
3.8–9.7
13.6
9.9–18.0
10.5
6.1–16.5
16–25 weeks 9.3 1.0
0.6–1.6
1.9
1.3–2.6
13.2
8.2–19.6
0.7
0.1–2.4
2.6
1.2–5.2
5.9
2.7–10.9
26–51 weeks 6.8 0.7
0.4–1.2
0.7
0.4–1.2
9.9
5.6–15.8
0.3
0.0–1.8
0.0
0.0–1.2
1.3
0.2–4.7
>= 52 weeks 11.1 1.5
1.0–2.1
2.5
1.9–3.3
11.2
6.7–17.3
1.3
0.4–3.2
2.6
1.2–5.2
5.9
2.7–10.9