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Table 2 Mean number of sick leave episodes by age for municipal employees in 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

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 P b
Norway            
   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI  
Overall mean a 1.8 1.7–1.9 2.0 1.9–2.0 2.0 1.9–2.1 2.0 2.0–2.1 2.3 2.2–2.4 <0.0001
Age group (years)           
20–29 1.6   1.8   2.0   2.2   2.4   <0.0001
30–39 2.1   2.2   2.2   2.0   2.4   0.23
40–49 1.8   2.0   2.1   2.1   2.3   <0.0001
50–59 1.9   2.0   1.9   2.1   2.3   0.003
60–67 1.5   1.5   1.8   1.7   1.8   0.11
Denmark            
   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI   95% CI  
Overall mean a 2.0 2.0–2.1 2.1 2.0–2.1 2.1 2.1–2.2 2.2 2.2–2.3 2.2 2.2–2.3 <0.0001
Age group (years)           
20–29 2.0   2.2   2.1   2.5   2.4   <0.0001
30–39 2.4   2.4   2.3   2.4   2.6   0.09
40–49 2.1   2.2   2.3   2.3   2.3   0.01
50–59 1.8   1.9   2.0   2.0   2.1   <0.0001
60–67 1.4   1.4   1.4   1.4   1.6   0.11
  1. a Between-countries age-adjusted numbers with 95% CIs. b P for linear trend. CI, confidence interval.