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Table 2 Work ability (WA) and general state of health of nursing staff, by care setting

From: Back disorders and lumbar load in nursing staff in geriatric care: a comparison of home-based care and nursing homes

  Nursing homes n = 1126 % Home care n = 264 % p-value
WA in relation to the physical and psychological demands of the job    
- rather good to very good 43 57  
- intermediate to very poor 57 43 <0.01
Mental resources1    
- rather high 78 90  
- rather slight 22 10 <0.001
General state of health    
- good to excellent 82 91  
- less good to poor 18 9 <0.01
Duration of sick leave due to back pain    
- none sick leave 83 87 ns
- sick leave up to 4 weeks 13 10  
- sick leave more than 4 weeks 4 3  
BMI    
- <25 40 45 ns
- 25-<30 36 34  
- ≥30 24 21  
  1. 1 Composed of the items "pleasure in daily work", "active and alert" and "confident for the future; related to the last 3 months.