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Table 4 Prolonged sickness certification due to waiting times and deficient treatment opportunities

From: Dealing with sickness certification – a survey of problems and strategies among general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons

  Orthopaedic surgeons General practitioners1 Odds ratio3
  weekly2 % monthly % yearly % never % weekly % monthly % yearly % never % crude 95% CI adjusted4 95% CI
Within health care             
Waiting times for investigation 37.2 25.7 18.2 18.9 29.0 39.8 23.7 7.5 0.7 0.5–1.0 0.7 0.5–1.1
Waiting time for treatment 42.2 27.2 19.7 10.9 28.9 36.1 29.3 5.7 0.6 0.4–0.8 0.6 0.4–0.9
Lack of access to adequate care/care providers 5.4 9.5 19.6 65.5 20.4 35.9 31.5 12.1 4.5 2.2–9.4 5.4 2.3–12.7
Outside health care             
Waiting times at Social Insurance Office 19.6 23.6 27.7 29.1 30.1 38.4 24.2 7.4 1.8 1.1–2.7 1.8 1.1–2.8
Wait for measures taken by the employer 6.9 17.9 31.7 43.4 14.5 31.8 32.4 21.3 2.3 1.2–4.5 2.6 1.2–5.6
Waiting times at unemployment office 7.5 18.9 31.8 41.9 12.5 28.1 34.7 24.6 1.8 0.9–3.4 2.0 0.9–4.1
  1. 1 All differences between the physician categories were significant at the 5% level (Chi2 test with four response alternatives)
  2. 2 The following response alternatives are combined; more than 20 times a week, 6–20 times a week, 1–5 times a week
  3. 3 The Odds ratio for dichotomized (weekly vs. less than weekly) response alternatives. Reference group; OS = 1
  4. 4 Adjusted for gender and working years