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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population* (N = 5396)

From: Work outcome in persons with musculoskeletal diseases: comparison with other chronic diseases & the role of musculoskeletal diseases in multimorbidity

Age, mean (SD) 45.8 (11.0)
Women, n (%) 3008 (55.8)
Work status
 Paid work 4,805 (89.1)
 Work disabled 350 (6.5)
 Unemployed 184 (3.4)
 Living allowance 57 (1.1)
BMI, n (%)
 Underweight 69 (1.3)
 Normal 2853 (52.9)
 Pre-obese 1784 (33.1)
 Obese 690 (12.8)
Level of education, n (%) n = 5357
 Primary school or no education 105 (2.0)
 Lower professional school 544 (10.2)
 Middle or professional secondary school 1677 (31.3)
 Secondary education 567 (10.6)
 University education 2464 (46.0)
Smoking status, n (%) n = 5381
 Current smoker 1057 (19.6)
 Never smoked 2535 (47.1)
 Former smoker 1789 (23.3)
Number of morbiditiesa, n (%)
 0 3156 (58.5)
 1 1485 (27.5)
 2 490 (9.1)
  ≥ 3 265 (4.9)
Sick leave during past 12 months in subsample with paid work n = 4805
 Yes, sick leave n (%) 2264 (47.1)
  1. aPopulation is ≤ 65 years, has either paid work, is work disabled, unemployed or is depending on a living allowance)