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Table 3 Recurrent sick leave, for each disease group and for the total samle of MSDs

From: Sick leave patterns in common musculoskeletal disorders – a study of doctor prescribed sick leave

Disease group ICD 10 Individuals Individuals with recurrent cases (% of total)* Individuals with recurrent cases M-diagnosis (% of all recurrent cases)** Individuals with recurrent cases same diagnosis (% of all recurrent cases)
Low back pain M54 827 255 (31) 89 (35) 42 (16)
Disc disorders M51 227 33 (15) 17 (52) 3 (9)
Knee osteoarthritis M17 177 42 (24) 30 (71) 14 (33)
Hip osteoarthritis M16 45 8 (18) 5 (63) 4 (50)
Rhematoid arthritis M05-M06 88 30 (34) 16 (53) 15 (50)
Myalgia M79 274 89 (32) 38 (43) 9 (10)
MSDs all M00-M99 3088 759 (25) 253 (33) _
  1. *Number of individuals with a sick leave period due to the given diagnosis who also had a recurrent period of sick leave due to any other diagnosis.
  2. **Number of individuals with a sick leave period due to the given diagnosis who also had a recurrent period of sick leave where the sick leave was due to another M-diagnosis.