Table 4

Healthcare utilisation and work participation

19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007p Value
Hospitalisation
 % With hospitalisation during past 12 months18.718.418.519.216.319.617.217.617.816.217.3NS
 Mean days of hospitalisation (only patients with hospitalisation)*26.425.023.022.919.118.519.317.714.913.714.7<0.001
Sick leave
 % On sick leave during past 12 months (employed, 15–64 years)38.639.838.438.427.831.533.629.525.626.7<0.01
 Mean days of sick leave (only patients with sick leave)*70.573.167.975.648.536.550.134.236.432.8<0.001
 Sick leave days per employed patient27.229.126.129.013.511.516.810.19.38.8<0.001
Employment
 % Employed women RA
  40–5452.656.056.154.858.760.463.061.564.564.7<0.001
  55–6422.522.922.619.220.420.920.522.229.931.1<0.01
 % Employed women population
  40–5467.468.069.971.372.172.572.472.373.774.976.2<0.001
  55–6428.928.128.728.729.329.831.233.137.540.643.6<0.001
 % Employed men RA
  40–5461.465.473.971.371.566.666.175.974.872.7<0.05
  55–6438.338.737.437.435.532.134.740.545.646.0<0.001
 % Employed men population
  40–5486.485.986.687.386.885.785.183.784.585.887.4<0.01
  55–6447.647.346.946.246.147.147.749.853.556.459.7<0.001
  • * 5% Trimmed mean.

  • No valid data available.

  • NS, not significant; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.