Table 4

Proportions of GPs experiencing various degrees of problems using the overarching and the diagnosis-specific national sickness certification guidelines

How problematic is it to apply the overarching national guidelines for sickness certification?*How problematic is it to issue sickness certificates in accordance with the national diagnosis-specific guidelines?
Very problematicFairly problematicSomewhat problematicNot at all problematicPR for very and fairly problematicVery problematicFairly problematicSomewhat problematicNot at all problematicPR for very and fairly problematic
n=202n=965n=1233n=278n=252n=916n=1066n=234
%%%%PR95% CI%%%%PR95% CI
All7.536.046.010.410.237.143.29.5
Educational level
 Specialist7.936.845.110.2110.637.642.79.21
 In resident training7.936.845.79.61.000.87 to 1.1611.138.342.58.11.030.89 to 1.18
 Registered physician6.638.043.811.61.000.76 to 1.318.838.942.59.70.990.75 to 1.31
 Medical degree3.023.759.214.20.600.44 to 0.804.026.252.317.40.630.46 to 0.85
Frequency of GPs' consultations involving sickness certification
 >5 Times a week8.239.844.57.5112.040.741.16.11
 1–5 Times a week7.233.447.511.90.850.75 to 0.958.934.745.111.20.830.74 to 0.93
 <1 Time a week4.832.044.019.20.770.57 to 1.048.731.340.020.00.760.56 to 1.02
  • Data are presented as prevalence ratio (PR) with 95% CI.

  • * No response from 54 GPs (1.7%), and 450 GPs had not used these guidelines.

  • No response from 66 GPs (2.1%), and 648 GPs had not used these guidelines.

  • GPs, general practitioners.