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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the study participants (N = 1661)

From: The German fibromyalgia consumer reports – a cross-sectional survey

  N (%) * Mean (Standard deviation; range)
Sex   
Female 1573 (95.2)  
Male 80 (4.8)  
Age 1650 54.3 (9,8; 19,86)
Family situation   
Living with a partner 1249 (75.8)  
Living alone 377 (22.9)  
Living in the family 21 (1.3)  
School degree   
None 26 (1.6)  
Primary 559 (34.0)  
Secondary school 675 (41.0)  
High school 132 (8.0)  
University 252 (15.3)  
Current professional situation   
Student 10 (0.6)  
Working 532 (32.3)  
Sick leave 131 (8.0)  
Applying for disability pension 150 (9.1)  
Without job 21 (1.3)  
House wife 180 (11.0)  
Pensioneer 620 (37.7)  
Years since chronic widespread pain 1634 16.6 (11.1; 0.25-61)
Years since diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome 1601 6.8 (5.5; 0.1-41)
Member FMS-self help organisation 1017 (61.2)  
  1. * Note: The discrepancies between the number of persons included in the study and the number of persons in the following rows are due to missing items.