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Table 5 One year registered sickness-absence net days (n-days) > 14 days for groups reporting high or low physical work demand exposure

From: Important work demands for reducing sickness absence among workers with neck or upper back pain: a prospective cohort study

 Work demand exposure
NMean n-daysNMean n-daysP*
Hands at shoulder level or higher
 Men1185934110< 0.05
 16–29 years398412160.38
 30–49 years17881032112< 0.05
 50–64 years159613294120.68
Whole-body vibrations
 Men1286823515< 0.05
 16–29 years486434120.77
 30–49 years197810134180.07
 50–64 years178113115160.94
Repetitive movements
 16–29 years273324650.98
 30–49 years14059693110.61
 50–64 years119513686130.65
Seated work
 All19701325589< 0.01
 Women128714171210< 0.01
 Men683118469< 0.01
 16–29 years262525630.21
 30–49 years8551212609< 0.01
 50–64 years85315104211< 0.05
  1. Four thousand five hundred sixty-seven workers with self-reported neck or upper back pain by gender and age group. Mean number of n-days for description only. P values indicate the difference in distribution of sick days between reporting high or low exposure. Wilcoxon Rank Sum Test * = two tailed; bold numbers indicate a statistically significant difference. N = number of workers