Table 4

Interventions prescribed during the sick leave in sickness certificates issued in 2007 and 2009
Intervention 2007N= 475 2009N= 501 P-value
% n % n
Early in the sick leave
Medicine/advice 56 264 58 290 0.467
  Medicine 43 205 43 215 0.939
  Advice on rest 10 49 13 67 0.140
  Advice on activity 3 14 6 30 0.022
Rehabilitation 27 130 35 174 0.013
  Physiotherapy 19 92 19 97 0.998
  Counselling 8 38 15 74 0.001
  Occupational therapy 1 4 1 5 1.00ª
In the total sick leave
Medicine/advice 62 296 62 310 0.888
  Medicine 50 235 46 232 0.322
  Advice on rest 11 53 15 73 0.112
  Advice on activity 6 26 7 35 0.329
Rehabilitation 35 167 39 193 0.276
  Physiotherapy 24 112 23 113 0.704
  Counselling 12 59 16 78 0.157
  Occupational therapy 2 10 2 8 0.555
RTW measures needed
Yes 13 61 8 41 0.017

Sum of sub grouped interventions may not be equal to medicine/advice or rehabilitation since some certificates provided information on more than one intervention (for example both counseling and physiotherapy). Early in the sick leave means that information is collected from the first certificates or from certificates issued within 28 days of sick leave. ª Fisher’s exact test, 2-sided. RTW, return to work.

Nilsing et al.

Nilsing et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:907   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-907

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