Table 3

Risk of long-term sickness absence during follow-up for four combinations of job demands

At risk NCases N (%)HR95 % CIRERI95 % CI
Combination: emotional demands and quantitative demands (Pearson’s r=0.11)0.06−0.15 to 0.26
 Low emotional demands and low quantitative demands12 160410 (3.4)1Ref
 High emotional demands and low quantitative demands12 846568 (4.4)1.221.07 to 1.39
 High quantitative demands and low emotional demands10 845402 (3.7)1.221.06 to 1.40
 High emotional demands and high quantitative demands17 964910 (5.1)1.51.33 to 1.70
Combination: emotional demands and violence/threats of violence (Pearson’s r=0.22)0.12−0.43 to 0.66
 Low emotional demands and no exposure to violence/threats of violence22 261776 (3.5)1Ref
 High emotional demands and no exposure to violence/threats of violence25 6001118 (4.4)1.191.08 to 1.31
 Exposure to violence/threats of violence and low emotional demands62232 (5.1)1.461.02 to 2.08
 High emotional demands and exposure to violence/threats of violence5034342 (6.8)1.761.53 to 2.02
Combination: quantitative demands and violence/threats of violence (Pearson’s r=0.06)0.360.01 to 0.71
 Low quantitative demands and no exposure to violence/threats of violence22 776853 (3.7)1Ref
 High quantitative demands and no exposure to violence/threats of violence25 1471040 (4.1)1.341.10 to 1.64
 Exposure to violence/threats of violence and low quantitative demands2131113 (5.3)1.21.09 to 1.31
 Exposure to violence/threats of violence and high quantitative demands3525260 (7.4)1.91.64 to 2.20
Combination: unclear and contradictory demands and quantitative demands (Pearson’s r=0.22)0.230.04 to 0.42
 Low unclear and contradictory demands and low quantitative demands16 544639 (3.9)1Ref
 High unclear and contradictory demands and low quantitative demands12 664507 (4.0)1.120.98 to 1.28
 High quantitative demands and low unclear and contradictory demands8473340 (4.0)1.110.98 to 1.24
 High unclear and contradictory demands and high quantitative demands16 143804 (5.0)1.461.31 to 1.62
  • RERI was calculated using the following formula: RERI=RERI= HR11-HR10-HR01+1. All analyses are adjusted for sex, age, educational attainment and job group.

  • RERI, relative excess risk due to interaction.