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Table 2 Treatment-related characteristics of subjects (n = 131)

From: Workers’ experiences with compensated sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorder: a qualitative study

Variables   n (%)
Treatment before approval recognition Appropriate 91 (69.5)
  Inappropriate 34 (26.0)
  No treatment before approval 6 (4.6)
Discussion about work with physician No 55 (42.0)
  Yes 76 (58.0)
Consult from physician about return to work (n = 126) No 83 (65.9)
  Yes 43 (34.1)
Satisfaction with medical treatment (n = 130) Very satisfied 3 (2.3)
  Mostly satisfied 75 (57.7)
  Mostly unsatisfied 46 (35.4)
  Very unsatisfied 6 (4.6)
Treatment not covered by workers’ compensation (n = 185) None 28 (21.4)
  Exercise 54 (41.2)
  Alternative medicine 51 (38.9)
  Dietary supplement 40 (30.5)
  Others 12 (9.2)
  1. Note: Numbers do not always add up to 131 because not all individuals reported each characteristic. Workers could respond more than 1 treatment not covered by workers’ compensation.
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