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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of 12 participants

From: Patients' experiences of living with and receiving treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome: a qualitative study

Gender female 11, male 1
Disease duration Range: 5 months - 11 years
Mean 3 years
Mean age of patients range: 20-69 years
Mean: 49 years
Ethnicity (self-described) Black 1; Black African 1; Black British1; British/English/White 6; Lebanese 1; New Zealand/British 1; Peruvian 1
Family status married 5, married living apart 1; divorced 1; single 4; not specified 1
Place of birth (country) UK 8, outside Europe 4
Family dependents 4/12 patients (young children 3-18 years)
2/12 patients (caring for their older mothers)
Employment situation full-time work 3; temporary employment 1; retired on medical grounds 1; retired 2; unemployed 5.
Registered disabled 7/12 patients