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Table 2 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients prescribed each group of analgesic

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

  Pain medication prescribed
  Basic analgesic Weak/moderate analgesic NSAIDs Strong analgesic
  n % n % n % n %
Total 321 24 239 18 637 47 147 11
  n % n % n % n %
Age (years)         
15-29 85 26 28 12 96 15 15 10
30-44 73 23 66 28 250 39 59 40
45-59 79 24 77 32 221 35 51 35
60-74 53 17 44 18 65 10 19 13
75+ 31 10 24 10 5 1 3 2
Gender         
Females 137 43 118 49 230 36 66 45
Males 184 57 121 51 407 64 81 55
Previous musculoskeletal consultationa         
Yes 33 10 28 12 83 13 19 13
No 288 90 211 88 554 87 128 87
Previous analgesic prescriptionb         
Yes 40 12 49 21 127 20 28 19
No 281 88 190 79 510 80 119 81
Region of Pain         
Back 64 20 114 48 203 32 84 57
Knee 44 14 11 5 84 13 5 3
Hip 10 3 13 5 38 6 7 5
Foot and Ankle 26 8 10 4 54 9 4 3
Arm 41 13 9 4 54 8 1 1
Shoulder 34 10 14 6 71 11 10 7
Neck 17 5 15 6 44 7 17 12
Other/unspecified 85 26 54 22 89 14 19 13
Co-morbidityc         
Yes 20 6 13 5 22 3 8 5
No 301 94 226 95 615 97 139 95
Deprivation         
Most 146 46 123 52 277 43 78 53
Moderate 120 37 82 34 254 40 52 35
Least 55 17 34 14 106 17 17 12
Staff category         
GPs 273 85 210 88 523 82 111 76
Other 48 15 29 12 114 18 36 24
  1. Total % = n/1344, % = n/n.
  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.