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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample

From: Rheumatoid arthritis and sexuality: A patient survey in France

  Patients Controls
  Sample Men Women Sample Men Women
  N, %, mean N, %, mean N, %, mean N, %, mean N, %, mean N,%, mean
N 1268 200 (16%) 1068 (84%) 70 16 (23%) 54 (77%)
Age (mean) 63.8 (12.4) 66.1 63.3 60.4 (11.7) 63.1 59.6
Living alone 28% 11%* 31%* 24% 31% 25%
Respondents < 60 422 (33%) 58 (29%) 364 (34%) 31(44%) 5 (31%) 26 (48%)
Proportion <60 working 55.0% 58.6% 54.4% 74.2%** 60.0% 76.9%
Proportion <60 on full/partial invalidity 45.3% 45.6% 47.8% - - -
Respondents education 1163 (92%)    64 (92%)   
Basic 29.8%    34.4%   
Professional diploma 18.5%    17.2%   
High school 23.7%    21.9%   
University 28.0%    26.6%   
Respondents household income 1183 (93%)    64 (92%)   
<760€ 6.1%    9.4%   
760-1800€ 39.6%    43.8%   
1800-3000€3 34.1%    20.3%   
>3000€ 20.2%    26.6%   
Respondents sexuality 1134 (89%) 192 (96%) 942* (88%) 70 (100%) 16 (100%) 54 (100%)
Sexually active 63% 76% 60%* 69% 63% 71%
<55 years 85% 91% 85% 86% 75% 89%
55-65 years 66% 91% 62%* 76%** 75% 76%
>65 years 36% 57% 32%* 54%** 50% 56%
  1. * p < 0.01 (gender) ** p < 0.01 (controls versus patients).