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Table 1 Characteristics of the interviewed and the focus group patient population

From: Patients’ views and needs about systemic sclerosis and its management: a qualitative interview study

Semi-interviewed patient population
Feature Composition of study population (n = 16)
Gender - 12 females
Age - 6 patients <50 years
- 5 patients 50–65 years
- 5 patients >65 years
Current work status - 3 working
- 4 non-working (1 patient on sick leave for 1 year and 3 disabled patients)
- 9 retired patients
Place of living - 13 urban
- 3 rural
Disease manifestationsa - 4 patients with PAH
- 4 patients with DU
- 8 patients with other type of organ involvement
Focus group patient population
Feature Composition of study population (n = 9)
Gender - 9 females
Age - 4 patients <50 years
- 4 patients 50–65 years
- 1 patients >65 years
Current work status - 4 working
- 4 non –working (2 patients on sick leave and 2 disabled patients)
- 1 retired
Household members - 3 persons living alone
- 4 cohabiting or married (2 with children)
- 1 living with brother
- 1 living with her student daughter and her daughter’s companion
  1. PAH pulmonary arterial hypertension, DU digital ulcer
  2. adeclared by the patient interviewed