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Table 1 Sociodemographic data: differences between CLBP and CWP (n = 647)

From: Differences between patients with chronic widespread pain and local chronic low back pain in primary care - a comparative cross-sectional analysis

  CLBP CWP p
    Chi-square test Fisher’s exact test Welch’s t-test Mann-Whitney U test
Sex [no. (%)] n = 484 n = 163 0.002 - - -
Female 279 (57.6) 117 (71.8)     
Age [years: mean (SD)] n = 484 n = 163 - - 0.573 -
  56.3 (14.4) 57.0 (12.6)     
Marital status [no. (%)] n = 484 n = 163 0.128 - - -
Single 61 (12.6) 22 (13.5)     
Married 326 (67.4) 95 (58.3)     
Divorced 54 (11.2) 28 (17.2)     
Widowed 43 (8.9) 18 (11.0)     
Level and years of education [no. (%)] n = 482 n = 163 - 0.425 - -
13/12 years 70 (14.5) 31 (19.0)     
10 years 148 (30.7) 45 (27.6)     
9 years 251 (52.1) 81 (49.7)     
Other graduation 11 (2.3) 4 (2.5)     
No qualification 2 (0.4) 2 (1.2)     
Employment status [no. (%)] n = 481 n = 163 0.046 - - -
Working (full or part-time) 254 (52.8) 71 (43.6)     
Reasons for not working [no. (%)] n = 223 n = 92 - 0.796 - -
Keeping house 35 (15.7) 13 (14.1)     
Retired 167 (74.9) 70 (76.1)     
Unemployed 18 (8.1) 9 (9.8)     
Other 3 (1.3) 0 (0)     
Applied for pension [no. (%)] n = 401 n = 128 0.002 - - -
Yes 21 (5.2) 18 (14.1)     
Degree of disability [no. (%)] n = 457 n = 153 0.001 - - -
Yes 176 (38.5) 83 (54.2)