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Table 1 Frequency of self-reported sickness absence in the previous 12 months among workers reported in 2000 (n = 3036)

From: Low back pain and widespread pain predict sickness absence among industrial workers

  n % of workers with at least 1 day of sickness absence Number of days among workers with absence % of total days of sickness absence
    QL* Median QU**  
Total sickness absence 1850 [61] 3 6 14 100
Sickness absence 1–12 days 1302 [43] 3 5 7 23
Sickness absence >12 days 548 [18] 15 23 45 77
       % of total days of sickness absence due to MSD
Sickness absence due to MSD 666 [22] 4 10 20 100
Sickness absence 1–12 days due to MSD 399 [13] 3 5 7 16
Sickness absence >12 days due to MSD 267 [9] 15 25 45 84
  1. MSD: musculoskeletal disorders *QL lower quartile ** Qu upper quartile
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