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Table 1 Sickness absence rates by age for municipal employees in the health and care sectors in Kristiansand, Norway, and Aarhus, Denmark, 2004 to 2008

From: Sickness absence patterns and trends in the health care sector: 5-year monitoring of female municipal employees in the health and care sectors in Norway and Denmark

  N % 2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   P b
Norway              
N 3,181   2,004   2,052   2,128   2,254   2,375   
    %   %   %   %   %   
Overall rate with CI a    11.9 11.8–12.0 10.4 10.3–10.6 10.4 10.3–10.5 11.6 11.5–11.7 11.6 11.5–11.7 0.43
Rate per age group (years)            
20–29 796 25.0 10.6   10.4   9.9   13.0   14.7   0.004
30–39 744 23.4 13.7   11.4   12.4   13.5   12.7   0.63
40–49 813 25.6 10.1   9.7   9.8   11.0   10.0   0.45
50–59 652 20.5 12.4   10.4   10.5   10.9   11.4   0.85
60–67 176 5.5 15.7   11.9   7.8   9.4   10.1   0.13
Denmark              
N 8,545   4,275   4,691   5,252   5,510   5,315   
    %   %   %   %   %   
Overall rate with CI a    7.1 7.0–7.1 7.1 7.1–7.2 8.3 8.2–8.3 8.8 8.7–8.9 8.4 8.4–8.5 0.002
Rate per age group (years)            
20–29 2,123 24.8 6.7   8.5   8.8   10.7   10.3   0.01
30–39 1,790 20.9 8.3   7.6   8.8   9.6   9.8   0.38
40–49 2,098 24.6 6.8   7.0   7.9   8.0   7.4   0.42
50–59 2,084 24.4 7.0   6.8   8.4   8.6   8.1   0.03
60–67 450 5.3 5.8   4.7   6.5   7.4   6.8   0.29
  1. a Between-countries age-adjusted numbers with 95% CIs. b P for linear trend. CI, confidence interval.