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Table 1 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with new consulting episode of musculoskeletal pain in 2006

From: Pain medication management of musculoskeletal conditions at first presentation in primary care: analysis of routinely collected medical record data

    Analgesic received
  N Column % n Row %
Total 3236 - 1344 42
Age (years)     
15-29 710 22 224 32
30-44 1081 33 448 41
45-59 963 30 428 44
60-74 374 12 181 48
75+ 108 3 63 58
Gender     
Females 1320 41 551 42
Males 1916 59 793 41
Previous musculoskeletal consultationa     
Yes 413 13 163 39
No 2823 87 1181 42
Previous analgesic prescriptionb     
Yes 512 16 244 48
No 2724 84 1100 40
Region of Pain     
Back 838 26 465 55
Knee 341 11 144 42
Hip 203 6 68 33
Foot and Ankle 223 7 94 42
Arm 314 10 105 33
Shoulder 245 8 129 53
Neck 218 7 93 43
Other/unspecified 854 26 246 29
Co-morbidityc     
Yes 119 4 63 53
No 3117 96 1281 41
Deprivation     
Most 1430 44 624 44
Moderate 1263 39 508 40
Least 543 17 212 39
Staff category     
GPs 2616 81 1117 43
Other 620 19 227 37
Practice     
1 254 8 79 31
2 224 7 78 35
3 219 7 77 35
4 253 8 76 30
5 161 5 59 37
6 283 9 115 41
7 420 13 241 57
8 324 10 143 44
9 288 9 130 45
10 327 10 166 51
11 143 4 57 40
12 340 11 123 36
  1. N = Total number of patients for each category, n = number of patients prescribed analgesic per category, Col. % = N/3236, Row % = n/N for each row.
  2. amusculoskeletal consultation 12–24 months before their 2006 consultation.
  3. bprescribed pain medication 12–24 months before their 2006 consultation.
  4. cdiabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, gastro-intestinal, or neoplasm.