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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of 21 interview participants

From: Staying at work with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain: a qualitative study of workers' experiences

Variable mean (sd) n %
Age 49 (6.9)   
   20-30 years   0  
   31-40 years   4 19
   41-50 years   4 19
   51-60 years   13 62
Gender    
   Male   9 43
   Female   12 57
Education    
   Primary   8 38
   Secondary   6 29
   Higher   7 33
Profession    
   Teacher   4 19
   Healthcare   6 29
   Sales   2 10
   Engineering   3 14
   Gardening   3 14
   Administration   2 10
   Journalist   1 4
Working hours 31 (8.4)   
   20 hours   4 19
   21-30 hours   5 24
   31-40 hours   12 57
Pain location    
   (low) Back   9 43
   Neck/shoulders   7 33
   Fibromyalgia   5 24
Pain intensity NRS a now 4.5 (1.9)   
   1-4   8 38
   5-7   9 43
   8-10   4 19
Pain intensity NRS average b 5.3 (1.7)   
   1-4   2 10
   5-7   12 57
   8-10   7 33
Pain duration    
   1-2 years   3 14
   3-5 years   0 0
   >5 years   18 86
Pain Disability Index (PDI) 20.3 (8.2)   
   0-10   2 10
   11-20   7 33
   21-30   10 47
   >30   2 10
Occupational parameter PDI 3.7 (1.5)   
Work    
   Paid employment   19 90
   Self-employed   2 10
Work absence previous year c    
   0 days   17 81
   1-10 days   4 19
  1. a Numeric Rating Scale
  2. b Average pain rating during the last 7 days
  3. c Work absence due to chronic musculoskeletal pain