Table 2

Physicians who experienced sickness certification to a great extent as a work environment problem (study group, n=1554)

GPsPsychiatristsOrthopaedistsAll othersTotal
n=862n=156n=155n=381n=1554
n (%)n (%)n (%)n (%)n (%)
Sex
 Female409 (47.4)84 (53.8)31 (20.0)166 (43.6)690 (44.4)
 Male453 (52.6)72 (46.2)124 (80.0)215 (56.4)864 (55.6)
Age group
 20–44 years287 (33.3)57 (36.5)88 (56.8)174 (45.7)606 (39.0)
 45–64 years575 (66.7)99 (63.5)67 (43.2)207 (54.3)948 (61.0)
What is your highest level of medical education?
 Medical degree18 (2.1)7 (4.5)2 (1.3)24 (6.3)51 (3.3)
 Registered physician38 (4.4)3 (1.9)0 (0.0)12 (3.1)53 (3.4)
 In-resident training146 (16.9)42 (26.9)41 (26.5)73 (19.2)302 (19.4)
 Specialist660 (76.6)104 (66.7)112 (72.3)272 (71.4)1148 (73.9)
For how long have you been working at your current place of work?
 <5 years442 (51.8)84 (54.5)66 (42.6)175 (46.4)767 (49.8)
 5–9 years176 (20.6)28 (18.2)41 (26.5)88 (23.3)333 (21.6)
 10 years or more236 (27.6)42 (27.3)48 (31.0)114 (30.2)440 (28.6)
 Missing8 (0.9)2 (1.3)0 (0.0)4 (1.0)14 (0.9)
How often in your daily clinical work do you have consultations including consideration of sickness certification?
 More than 20 times a week44 (5.1)23 (14.7)47 (30.3)41 (10.8)155 (10.0)
 6–20 times a week445 (51.6)99 (63.5)90 (58.1)159 (41.7)793 (51.0)
 1–5 times a week348 (40.4)30 (19.2)18 (11.6)128 (33.6)524 (33.7)
 About once a month24 (2.8)2 (1.3)0 (0.0)43 (11.3)69 (4.4)
 A few times a year1 (0.1)2 (1.3)0 (0.0)10 (2.6)13 (0.8)
 Never or almost never0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)
Do you and your colleagues at your clinic/practice have a workplace policy for handling matters related to sickness certification?
 Yes, and it's well established226 (26.4)24 (15.4)20 (13.1)67 (17.8)337 (21.9)
 Yes, but it's not well established189 (22.1)22 (14.1)21 (13.7)60 (15.9)292 (18.9)
 No362 (42.3)88 (56.4)90 (58.8)184 (48.8)724 (47.0)
 Don't know72 (8.4)21 (13.5)21 (13.7)62 (16.4)176 (11.4)
 Do not work in a clinical unit7 (0.8)1 (0.6)1 (0.7)4 (1.1)13 (0.8)
 Missing6 (0.7)0 (0)2 (1.3)4 (1.0)12 (0.8)
Do you have support from your immediate manager at your clinic/practice regarding sickness certification cases?
 Yes, extensive support133 (15.5)19 (12.3)24 (15.5)43 (11.4)219 (14.2)
 Yes, some support380 (44.3)63 (40.6)66 (42.6)144 (38.1)653 (42.2)
 No277 (32.3)62 (40.0)63 (40.6)158 (41.8)560 (36.2)
 Not applicable, do not have a manager65 (7.6)10 (6.5)2 (1.3)26 (6.9)103 (6.7)
 Do not work in a clinical unit3 (0.3)1 (0.6)0 (0.0)7 (1.9)11 (0.7)
 Missing4 (0.5)1 (0.6)0 (0.0)3 (0.8)9 (0.6)
  • Number and proportion for background factors and for the physician's answers regarding some basic questions, stratified on work clinic.