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Table 3 Distribution of sickness absence rates according to total duration in proportion of yearly work time, in four categories, 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

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 P b
Norway     
Sickness absence rate a      
0% 28.0 28.2 26.3 25.5 24.3 0.001
>0–10% 46.6 46.3 49.3 47.9 47.9 0.09
>10–50% 18.1 18.4 17.3 18.3 20.4 0.08
>50% 8.2 7.0 7.0 8.2 7.4 0.90
Denmark       
Sickness absence rate a      
0% 19.9 20.5 20.5 18.9 20.0 0.35
>0–10% 62.9 62.1 60.6 60.9 60.1 0.003
>10–50% 12.6 13.7 13.5 14.1 14.1 0.03
>50% 4.6 3.7 5.3 6.0 5.6 <0.0001
  1. a The numbers are between-countries age adjusted. b P for linear trend.