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Table 4 Distribution of sick leave episodes (sle) per employee in five categories, for municipal employees in the health and care sectors in Kristiansand, Norway, and Aarhus, Denmark, 2004–2008

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 a
Norway       
Number of sick leave episodes     
0 (sle) 31.8 31.5 29.2 28.5 26.9 <0.0001
1(sle) 23.0 20.5 21.1 22.0 20.3 0.18
2–5 (sle) 39.8 41.2 43.2 41.2 42.9 0.04
6–26 (sle) 5.4 6.6 6.3 7.4 9.6 <0.0001
Denmark       
Number of sick leave episodes     
0 (sle) 20.0 20.5 20.4 19.0 19.5 0.12
1 (sle) 26.1 25.1 24.9 24.5 24.5 0.06
2–5 (sle) 49.2 48.9 49.2 49.7 48.7 0.89
6–26 (sle) 4.5 5.2 5.3 6.7 7.0 <0.0001
  1. a P for linear trend.