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Table 2 Demographic, health-related, physician-related and patient-related characteristics (n = 519)*

From: Patient participation in decisions about disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs: a cross-sectional survey

Variables Categories Value
Socio-demographic variables   
Age, years   56 ± 12
Women, no. (%)   285 (59)
Married/living with a partner, no. (%)   391 (82)
Education, no. (%) Low (<12 years) 155 (33)
Medium (12 – 16 years) 220 (47)
High (>16 years) 94 (20)
Family income, no. (%) Low (< €28.500/year) 114 (31)
Medium (€28.500 - €34.000/year) 112 (31)
High (> €34.000/year) 139 (38)
Fulltime and part time employed, no. (%)   198 (45)
Health-related variables   
Diagnosis (n,%) Rheumatoid Arthritis 307 (63)
Psoriatic Arthritis 120 (25)
Ankylosing Spondylitis 58 (12)
Years since diagnosis, no. (%) <1 19 (5)
1–5 82 (21)
6–10 159 (40)
>10 139 (35)
Well-being (SF-12) (range 0–100) Physical 39 ± 10
Mental 49 ± 10
Patient-related   
Self-efficacy in patient-provider interaction (PEPPI) (range 10–50)   39.9 ± 4.2
Need for information (API) (range 0–100)   71.7 ± 10.3
Physician-related variables   
Frequency of visits in the last year, no. (%) once a year 75 (14.7)
2–4 times a year 344 (67.5)
>4 times a year 89 (17.5)
Duration of relationship with rheumatologist (years)   7 (7)
Almost every visit the same rheumatologist, no. (%)   501 (97%)
Trust in physician (CPQ) (range 1–4)   3.48 ± .49
Emotional support of physician (CPQ) (range 1–4)   3.13 ± .49
  1. *Values are the mean ± SD (range) unless otherwise indicated.
  2. SF12 = 12-Item Short Form Health Survey; CPQ = Cologne Preference Questionnaire; PEPPI = Perceived Efficacy in Patient-Provider Interaction; API = Autonomy Preference Index.