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Table 2 Frequency and duration of school absence among pupils in primary education in the school year 2015/2016

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

  MPS (total N pupils:2216) SSPE (total N pupils:1000)
Mean (SD) Median Range Mean (SD) Median Range
Sickness absence Duration (days) 4.30 (4.44) 3† 0.5–63 6.24 (6.94) 4 0.5–80
Frequency 2.73 (2.36) 2† 1–31 3.74 (3.26) 3 1–28
Doctor’s visits Frequency 2.18 (3.13) 1† 1–35 2.39 (1.87) 2 1–12
Other authorised absence Duration (days) 2.52 (4.15) 1† 0.5–62.5 1.65 (1.60) 1 0.5–12
Frequency 1.85 (2.86) 1† 1–56 1.73 (1.99) 1 1–24
Tardiness Frequency 4.91 (8.44) 2† 1–66 4.55 (6.59) 2 1–43
Unauthorised absence Duration (days) 1.05 (0.98) 1† 0.5–5.5 1.93 (2.56) 1 0.5–13.5
Frequency 1.15 (0.43) 1† 1–3 1.86 (2.36) 1 1–14
  1. MPS: Mainstream primary schools
  2. SSPE: Special schools for primary education
  3. † Significant difference between MPS and SSPE at 95% confidence interval p < 0.001