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Table 2 The number and percentages of women on long-term sickness absence (SA) due to breast cancer (BC) (n = 187) and other SA diagnoses (n = 6010), and odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) comparing the different types of encounters experienced among women with BC and women with other SA diagnoses

From: Experiences of positive encounters with healthcare professionals among women on long-term sickness absence due to breast cancer or due to other diagnoses: a nationwide survey

  Women on SA due to BC
n (%)
Women on SA due to other diagnoses
n (%)
Crude OR (95% CI) BC compared to other SA diagnoses Adjusted ORa (95% CI) BC compared to other SA diagnoses
Any positive encounter 179 (95.2) 5716 (95.1) 1.2 (0.6–2.4) 1.1 (0.5–2.2)
Any negative encounter 35 (18.7) 1258 (23.7) 0.7 (0.5–1.1) 0.8 (0.6–1.2)
Believed in my capacity to work 144 (77.0) 4920 (81.7) 0.7 (0.5–1.1) 0.7 (0.5–1.0)
Believed what I said 163 (87.2) 5423 (90.2) 0.7 (0.5–1.1) 0.7 (0.5–1.1)
Respected me 168 (89.8) 5491 (91.4) 0.8 (0.5–1.4) 0.8 (0.5–1.3)
Listened to me 169 (90.4) 5482 (91.2) 0.9 (0.6–1.5) 0.9 (0.5–1.4)
Showed engagement in my case 159 (85.0) 5301 (88.2) 0.8 (0.5–1.2) 0.7 (0.5–1.1)
Allowed me to take own responsibility 144 (77.0) 5149 (85.7) 0.6 (0.4–0.8) 0.6 (0.4–0.8)
Encouraged me to carry through my own solutions 130 (69.5) 4918 (81.8) 0.5 (0.4–0.7) 0.5 (0.4–0.7)
Supported/encouraged me in other ways 144 (77.0) 4876 (81.1) 0.8 (0.6–1.1) 0.8 (0.6–1.1)
Provided adequate and correct information/advice 161 (86.1) 5193 (86.4) 1.0 (0.6–1.5) 1.0 (0.6–1.5)
Was easy to get an appointment with 142 (75.9) 4569 (76.0) 1.0 (0.7–1.4) 1.0 (0.7–1.4)
Took time with me during our meetings 166 (88.8) 5246 (87.3) 1.2 (0.7–1.8) 1.1 (0.7–1.8)
Answered my questions 168 (89.4) 5373 (89.4) 1.0 (0.6–1.7) 1.0 (0.6–1.7)
Made reasonably high demands 149 (79.7) 5197 (86.5) 0.6 (0.4–0.9) 0.6 (0.4–0.9)
Proved to be knowledgeable/competent 169 (90.4) 5389 (89.7) 1.0 (0.7–1.8) 1.1 (0.7–1.8)
Did something beyond what I expected 119 (63.6) 3969 (66.0) 0.9 (0.7–1.2) 0.9 (0.7–1.2)
Was nice to me 169 (90.4) 5482 (91.2) 0.9 (0.6–1.5) 0.9 (0.5–1.5)
Sided with me/stood on my side 138 (73.8) 4999 (83.2) 0.6 (0.4–0.8) 0.6 (0.4–0.8)
Talked about her/himself 61 (32.6) 2282 (38.0) 0.8 (0.6–1.1) 0.8 (0.6–1.1)
Showed that she/he liked me 136 (72.7) 4312 (71.8) 1.1 (0.8–1.5) 1.1 (0.8–1.5)
  1. aAdjusted for age (19–44, 45–54, 55–65), country of birth (Sweden, elsewhere), educational level (primary/secondary school, college/university), and depressive symptoms (yes, no)