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Table 3 Characteristics of the study population at baseline, by quality of life

From: A prospective study of the impact of musculoskeletal pain and radiographic osteoarthritis on health related quality of life in community dwelling older people

  QoL better than median Mean ± SEM n (%) n = 525 QoL at median or worse Mean ± SEM n (%) n = 573 p-value
Age (years) 61.9 ± 0.3 64 ± 0.3 <0.001
Gender (% male) 267 (51) 246 (47) 0.18
BMI weight (cm)/(height (m))2 27.3 ± 0.2 28.4 ± 0.2 <0.001
Height (cm) 167.7 ± 0.4 166.3 ± 0.4 0.006
Weight (kg) 77 ± 0.6 78.7 ±0.6 0.06
Current smokers 64 (12) 67 (12) 0.78
Number of steps per day 10373.9 ± 158.3 8597.9 ±154.7 <0.001
Education Level    <0.001
 No formal qualification 54 (10) 126 (22)  
 School or Intermediate certificate 104 (20) 114 (20)  
 Higher School or Leaving Certificate 114 (22) 107 (19)  
 Trade/apprenticeship 59 (11) 78 (14)  
 Certificate/diploma 122 (23) 95 (17)  
 University degree or higher 72 (14) 52 (9)  
Current employment    
 Employed/self-employed (full or part time) 264 (50) 168 (29) <0.001
 Retired 178 (34) 240 (42)  
 Disability pension 4 (0.8) 69 (12)  
Doctor-diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (%) 6 18 <0.001
Leg strength (kg) 101.6 ± 1.38 86.3 ± 1.4 <0.001
  1. † QoL was not normal and hence dichotomized at the median.
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