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Table 1 Types of school absence in primary education in the school year 2015/2016

From: The prevalence of sickness absence among primary school pupils – reason to be worried?

Type of school absence MPS: Number of pupils (%) SSPE: Number of pupils (%)
N = 2216 N = 1000
Sickness absence 1663 (75.0) * 708 (70.8)
 Occasional sickness absence 1372 (61.9) † 483 (48.3)
 Extensive sickness absence 291 (13.1) † 225 (22.5)
  One or more long period of sickness absence (> 9 days and < 4 periods) 42 (1.9) † 19 (1.9)
  High frequency of sickness absence (> 4 periods and < 9 days) 129 (5.8) † 79 (7.9)
  Both long periods of sickness absence and high sickness absence frequency (> 9 days and > 4 periods) 120 (5.4) † 127 (12.7)
Doctor’s visits 574 (25.9) ** 314 (31.4)
Other authorised absence 539 (24.3) † 337 (33.7)
Tardiness 219 (9.9) ** 135 (13.5)
Other unauthorised absence 40 (1.8) † 80 (8.0)
  1. MPS: Mainstream primary schools
  2. SSPE: Special schools for primary education
  3. * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01, † p < 0.001 at 95% confidence interval between MPS and SSPE