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Table 2 Prevalence (%) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of multisite musculoskeletal symptoms (MS) during the past 12 months among men and women

From: Prevalence of multisite musculoskeletal symptoms: a French cross-sectional working population-based study

Multisite MS: n (%) CI Men (N = 2,162) Women (N = 1,548)
By genre* 1366 (63.2) 61.1-65.2 1058 (68.3) 66.0-70.7
By age group (test for linear trend) §‡
16-29 years 296 (57.6) 53.3-61.9 228 (63.2) 58.2-68.1
30-39 years 413 (63.5) 59.8-67.2 268 (62.5) 57.9-67.1
40-49 years 393 (64.2) 60.4-68.0 358 (73.5) 69.6-77.4
50-63 years 259 (68.3) 63.7-73.0 204 (75.6) 70.4-80.7
By occupational category
Managers and professionals 134 (63.8) 57.3-70.3 52 (66.7) 56.2-77.1
Associate professionals/technicians 337 (62.4) 58.3-66.5 195 (67.5) 62.1-72.9
Employees 113 (60.1) 53.1-67.1 523 (65.5) 62.2-68.8
Skilled and unskilled workers 773 (63.9) 61.2-66.6 285 (75.6) 71.3-79.9
By economic activity
Service industries 664 (61.6) 58.7-64.5 726 (66.4) 63.6-69.2
Meat and manufacturing industries 559 (65.1) 61.9-68.3 293 (73.1) 68.7-77.4
Construction 123 (65.1) 58.3-71.9 16 (64.0) 45.2-82.8
Agriculture 19 (61.3) 44.1-78.4 19 (76.0) 59.3-92.7
  1. Significant differences between men and women: * p < 0.01, ** p < 0.0001.
  2. Significant differences among men: § p < 0.01, §§ p < 0.0001.
  3. Significant differences among women: p < 0.01, p < 0.0001.