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Table 1 Participant Characteristics

From: Developing and testing a measure of consultation-based reassurance for people with low back pain in primary care: a cross-sectional study

  Sample 1 Sample 2
Average age 56.63 (SD 16.64) 53.52 (SD 16.08)
Gender 63.9 % female 63.4 % female
36.1 % male 36.6 % male
Length of current episode 33.8 % <1 month 24.1 % <1 month
23.0 % 1–3 months 27.2 % 1–3 months
11.5 % 4–6 months 11.4 % 4–6 months
14.2 % 7 months – 3 years 23.4 % 7 months – 3 years
17.6 % >3 years 13.9 % >3 years
Number of consultations for this episode 47.9 % none 54.4 % none
31.9 % 1–2 30.9 % 1–2
14.3 % 3–10 12.5 % 3–10
5.9 % >10 2.2 % >10
Work status 53.9 % employed (full or part time) 56.2 % employed (full or part time)
35.7 % retired 32.1 % retired
3.9 % looking after home/family 3.1 % looking after home/family
1.9 % unemployed (health reasons) 3.7 % unemployed (health reasons)
2.6 % unemployed (other) 1.9 % unemployed (other)
1.9 % student 3.1 % student
Education level 49.0 % obtained higher education degree/certification 44.0 % obtained higher education degree/certification
18.1 % obtained A levels or equivalent 20.7 % obtained A levels or equivalent
32.9 % left school at or before 16 35.3 % left school at or before 16
Marital status 65.8 % married/civil partnership 57.8 % married/civil partnership
7.7 % cohabiting 9.9 % cohabiting
7.7 % single 14.9 % single
9.7 % divorced 12.4 % divorced
6.5 % widowed 5.0 % widowed
2.6 % other  
Physician type 99.3 % GP 96.3 % GP
0.7 % nurse practitioner 3.8 % nurse practitioner
Physician gender 52.9 % male 50.9 % male
47.1 % female 49.1 % female
First episode? 26.1 % yes 27.2 % yes
73.9 % no 72.8 % no
Average pain intensity in the last week (/10) 7.14 (SD 2.02) 7.06 (SD 2.06)
RMDQ score (/24) 10.34 (SD 5.73) 10.10 (SD 5.98)