Table 4

Initially healthy* versus initially unhealthy respondents: adjusted† odds ratios (95% CI) for poor health and psychological distress and rate ratios (95% CI) of medically certified sickness absences at follow up by the levels of worktime control in 1997–2000

Worktime control†Initially healthyInitially unhealthy
MenWomenMenWomen
*Good self rated health or not psychologically distressed or no medically certified sickness absences in 1997.
†Adjusted for age, behavioural risk factors (smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, and sedentary lifestyle), occupational status, marital status, and dependent children.
Self rated poor health
High1.001.001.001.00
Intermediate0.95 (0.49 to 1.83)1.80 (1.27 to 2.55)0.81 (0.39 to 1.66)1.34 (0.87 to 2.06)
Low0.97 (0.51 to 1.83)1.87 (1.31 to 2.68)0.85 (0.36 to 1.99)1.98 (1.20 to 3.25)
p for interaction0.1180.141
Psychological distress
High1.001.001.001.00
Intermediate1.12 (0.36 to 3.48)0.95 (0.53 to 1.72)1.64 (0.80 to 3.35)0.81 (0.52 to 1.27)
Low1.27 (0.49 to 3.32)1.91 (1.22 to 3.01)1.46 (0.65 to 3.28)1.11 (0.68 to 1.82)
p for interaction0.0320.821
Sickness absence
High1.001.001.001.00
Intermediate1.05 (0.69 to 1.60)1.11 (0.87 to 1.44)1.17 (0.81 to 1.70)1.51 (1.27 to 1.80)
Low1.26 (0.86 to 1.86)1.32 (1.06 to 1.64)1.41 (0.93 to 2.14)1.76 (1.45 to 2.13)
p for interaction0.9070.389