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Table 5 Weighted proportions in per cent (%) of different pain characteristics and median pain intensity in the three pain categories based on spreading of pain on the body. Statistical comparisons are furthest to the righta

From: Comorbidities, intensity, frequency and duration of pain, daily functioning and health care seeking in local, regional, and widespread pain—a descriptive population-based survey (SwePain)

Pain category Variables Local pain (n = 403–416) Regional pain (n = 2106–2173) Widespread pain (n = 241–244) Statistics (p-value)
Pain very often or always (%) 51.1 63.3 99.9 LP vs. RP: <0.001*
LP vs. WSP: <0.001*
RP vs. WSP: <0.001*
Pain duration > 3 months (%) 60.1 68.6 92.4 LP vs. RP: 0.130
LP vs. WSP: <0.001*
RP vs. WSP: <0.001*
Pain intensity last 7 days (median; (1st and 3rd quartile))b 4 (3, 6) 5 (3, 6) 7 (6,8) LP vs. RP: <0.001*
LP vs. WSP: <0.001*
RP vs. WSP: <0.001*
  1. Range of response rate (n) across the variables is in the pain category column
  2. LP local pain, RP regional pain, WSP widespread pain
  3. *Denotes statistical group difference
  4. aDifferences in proportions are tested pair-wise
  5. bThe mean pain intensity, and sd in parantheses, were in each pain group as follows: 4.2 (1.9), 4.9 (1.9) and 6.5 (1.8)