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Table 3 Reason for disability pension. Underlying diagnosis for those who were on disability pension at baseline or received one during follow up

From: The prognosis for individuals on disability retirement An 18-year mortality follow-up study of 6887 men and women sampled from the general population

  Women Men  
Cause of disability pension n % n % p
Musculoskeletal disease 427 47.9 309 39.1 <0.0005
Psychiatric disease 160 17.9 169 21.4 n.s.
   Alcohol or drug abuse 3 0.3 33 4.2 <0.0001
Cardiovascular disease 63 7.1 104 13.2 <0.0001
   Myocardial infarction 22 2.5 56 7.1 <0.0001
   Stroke 9 1.0 16 2.0 n.s.
   Other cardiovascular disease 32 3.6 32 4.1 n.s.
Neurological disease 53 5.9 48 6.1 n.s.
Trauma 33 3.7 43 5.4 n.s.
Respiratory disease 21 2.4 33 4.2 <0.05
Tumor 32 3.6 19 2.4 n.s.
Endocrine disorder 13 1.5 25 3.2 <0.05
Gastrointestinal disease 14 1.6 9 1.1 n.s.
Dermatologic disease 10 1.1 6 0.8 n.s.
Infectious disease 4 0.5 9 1.1 n.s.
Urinary tract disease 4 0.5 3 0.4 n.s.
Miscellaneous 58 6.5 14 1.8 <0.001
All causes 892 100 791 100