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Table 2 Mental health symptom scores and long-term (≥42 days) sickness absence (LTSA)

From: Mental health symptoms identify workers at risk of long-term sickness absence due to mental disorders: prospective cohort study with 2-year follow-up

Mental health symptom Score (0–100) Association with mental LTSA Discrimination Mental LTSA All LTSA
  Median (IQR)a OR (95 % CI)b AUC (95 % CI)c AUC (95 % CI)c
Distress 25.0 (9.0–53.1) 1.17 (1.09 – 1.27) 0.75 (0.67 – 0.82) 0.56 (0.53 – 0.58)
Depressed mood 0.0 (0.0–25.0) 1.16 (1.07 – 1.26) 0.64 (0.57 – 0.72) 0.53 (0.51 – 0.56)
Fatigue 32.0 (12.0–48.0) 1.15 (1.04 – 1.27) 0.61 (0.53 – 0.69) 0.56 (0.54 – 0.59)
Distress + depressed mood 15.6 (4.7–39.1) 1.19 (1.10 – 1.28) 0.75 (0.67 – 0.82) 0.55 (0.53 – 0.58)
Distress + fatigue 27.4 (12.5–49.6) 1.20 (1.09 – 1.32) 0.74 (0.66 – 0.81) 0.57 (0.54 – 0.59)
Depressed mood + fatigue 20.0 (8.0–36.5) 1.21 (1.10 – 1.33) 0.65 (0.57 – 0.72) 0.56 (0.54 – 0.58)
Distress + depressed mood + fatigue 20.6 (8.1–41.0) 1.22 (1.11 – 1.31) 0.75 (0.67 – 0.83) 0.56 (0.54 – 0.58)
  1. a Mean (interquartile range) standardized symptom score (range 0 to 100)
  2. b Odds ratio (95 % confidence interval) for a 10-point change in standardized mental health symptom score
  3. c Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (95 % confidence interval)