Table 4

Problems in cooperation with SIO, proportions per work clinic among physicians who experienced sickness certification to a great extent as a work environment problem (n=1554)

GPsPsychiatristsOrthopaedistsAll othersTotal
n=851n=152n=149n=360n=1512
%%%%%
What difficulties, if any, do you experience in your contacts with the SIO?
 Experience difficulties in my contacts with the SIO92.2*88.878.5*77.8*87.1
 The contacts takes too much time52.157.959.148.152.4
 It's difficult to find out who to talk to42.9*32.923.5*34.438.0
 It's difficult to get through by phone57.9*51.337.6*45.052.2
 The SIO staff do not contact you, even if you ask them to37.4*27.013.4*24.731.0
 The SIO doesn't coordinate rehabilitation measures28.932.916.821.926.5
 The SIO doesn't contact the patients17.418.48.113.315.6
 You experience a negative attitude13.5*23.714.121.116.4
 Ambiguities concerning matters of confidentiality11.413.86.914.211.8
 Patients are often assigned new SIO case officers57.5*55.917.4*28.346.4
 SIO case officers question you/your assessments38.042.127.531.935.9
 Insurance medicine consultants question you/your assessments46.5*40.116.1*26.138.0
 It's difficult to convey information through the pre-printed SIO forms for medical certificates30.927.619.523.627.7
 Different interpretations of the new national sickness certification guidelines7.80.70.82.611.9
 The patient is negative towards you contacting the SIO1.96.6*2.70.62.1
  • Figures in bold = higher proportion compared with the other clinic groups, figures in italics = lower proportion compared with the other clinic groups.

  • * Highly significant difference compared with physicians working at other types of clinics (p<0.001).

  • Significant difference compared with physicians working at other types of clinics (p<0.01).

  • Significant difference compared with physicians working at other types of clinics (p<0.05).

  • GP, general practitioner; SIO, Social Insurance Office.