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Table 1 Baseline data. Individual characteristics, field of work, work attendance, motivation and satisfaction with work and life at baseline for the two groups.

From: Effects of work ability and health promoting interventions for women with musculoskeletal symptoms: A 9-month prospective study

  Self-efficacy group Ergonomic group p
Female n = 21 n = 21  
Age (years) 46 (33–58) 44 (23–61) 0.308
Height (cm) 167 (154–173) 169 (155–184) 0.632
Body mass index (in kg/m2) 24.3 (19.7–40.4) 23,8 (18.3–40.8) 0.675
Musculoskeletal symptoms last 7 days (yes) n = 18 n = 20 0.299
Musculoskeletal symptoms related to work (yes) n = 12 n = 12 0.675
Seniority (years) 17.5 (2.5–35) 8.5 (1.5–38) 0.017
Work field – people n = 14 n = 10  
   - things n = 5 n = 2  
   - data n = 2 n = 9  
Attendance at work (%) 50 (1–100) 95 (1–100) 0.021
   - working full time n = 5 n = 10  
   - working 60 – 95% n = 5 n = 9  
   - working ≤ 50% a n = 11 n = 2  
   - no work activity n = 0 n = 0  
Sick leave duration (number of months) b 4.2 (0–26) 16 (0–33) 1.000
Satisfaction, in life (1–5) 4 (1–5) 4 (3–5) 0.011
Satisfaction, in work (1–5) 3 (3–5) 4 (1–5) 0.502
Motivation, in life (0–10) 7 (2–10) 8.5 (2–10) 0.173
Motivation, in work (0–10) 6 (2–10) 7.5 (2–10) 0.192
  1. Data are given as medians (min-max) or n = frequency.
  2. a The frequency of subjects included in b duration of sick leave