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Table 4 Odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI), of women on long-term sickness absence (SA) due to breast cancer (BC) (n = 187) and due to other SA diagnoses (n = 6010) both stating that they had experienced specific types of positive encounters from healthcare professionals and that positive encounters had promoted their ability to return to work, compared to those who had not experienced such encounters. Separately for BC and 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 Crude OR (95% CI) Women on SA due to BC Adjusted ORa (95% CI) Women on SA due to other diagnoses Crude OR (95% CI) Women on SA due to other diagnoses Adjusted ORa (95% CI)
Believed in my capacity to work 2.4 (1.2–5.1) 2.4 (1.1–5.1) 3.6 (3.1–4.1) 3.3 (2.9–3.8)
Believed what I said 3.0 (1.1–7.8) 2.8 (1.0–7.5) 3.4 (2.8–4.1) 3.2 (2.6–3.8)
Respected me 5.3 (1.5–19.0) 5.6 (1.5–20.2) 3.7 (3.0–4.5) 3.5 (2.9–4.3)
Listened to me 3.4 (1.1–10.7) 3.7 (1.1–12.0) 3.7 (3.0–4.5) 3.5 (2.9–4.3)
Showed engagement in my case 2.0 (0.9–4.8) 2.1 (0.9–5.0) 3.5 (3.0–4.1) 3.7 (2.8–4.0)
Allowed me to take own responsibility 2.7 (1.1–4.4) 2.0 (1.0–4.2) 3.4 (2.9–4.0) 3.1 (2.7–3.7)
Encouraged me to carry through my own solutions 2.7 (1.4–5.3) 2.6 (1.3–5.2) 3.6 (3.1–4.1) 3.4 (2.9–3.9)
Supported/encouraged me in other ways 2.8 (1.3–5.9) 2.7 (1.3–5.8) 3.3 (2.8–3.7) 3.1 (2.7–3.6)
Provided adequate and correct information/advise 2.7 (1.1–6.7) 2.6 (1.0–6.7) 3.7 (3.1–4.3) 3.5 (3.0–4.2)
Was easy to get an appointment with 3.1 (1.5–6.4) 3.1 (1.5–6.7) 2.2 (1.9–2.4) 2.2 (2.0–2-5)
Took time with me during our meetings 3.1 (1.1–8.9) 3.3 (1.1–9.8) 3.1 (2.6–3.6) 3.0 (2.5–3.5)
Answered my questions 3.7 (1.2–11.5) 3.9 (1.2–12.6) 3.5 (2.9–4.1) 3.3 (2.8–4.0)
Made reasonably high demands 2.6 (1.2–5.5) 2.6 (1.2–5.7) 3.6 (3.1–4.3) 3.4 (2.9–4.0)
Proved to be knowledgeable/competent 4.9 (1.4–17.7) 5.0 (1.4–18.2) 4.0 (3.3–4.8) 3.8 (3.1–4.5)
Did something beyond what I expected 2.5 (1.4–4.7) 2.6 (1.4–5.0) 2.5 (2.3–2.8) 2.5 (2.2–2.8)
Was nice to me 4.9 (1.4–17.7) 5.2 (1.4–19.0) 3.7 (3.0–4.5) 3.6 (2.9–4.3)
Sided with me/stood on my side 2.8 (1.4–5.7) 2.7 (1.3–5.4) 3.0 (2.6–3.4) 2.8 (2.5–3.3)
Talked about her/himself 1.2 (0.6–2.2) 1.1 (0.6–2.0) 1.6 (1.5–1.8) 1.6 (1.4–1.8)
Showed that she/he liked me 2.1 (1.1–4.2) 2.1 (1.0–4.1) 2.3 (2.1–2.9) 2.3 (2.1–2.6)
  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)