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Table 1 Characteristics of the eligible population

From: Uptake of the NICE osteoarthritis guidelines in primary care: a survey of older adults with joint pain

Characteristic Participants (n = 4059)
Gender
 Female 2300 (56.7)
 Male 1759 (43.3)
Age (years)
 45–54 770 (19.0)
 55–64 1136 (28.0)
 65–74 1225 (30.2)
 75 and above 928 (22.8)
aEmployment status
 Employed 1105 (27.9)
 Unemployed 596 (15.1)
 Retired 2253 (57.0)
aBMI (kg/m2)
 Not overweight (< 25.0) 1161 (29.6)
 Overweight (25.0–29.9) 1583 (40.3)
 Obese (≥30.0) 1184 (30.1)
No. of pain sites
 Single site 777 (19.1)
 Multi-site 3282 (80.9)
Morbidity burden (BNF drug count)
  < 10 count 2222 (54.7)
  ≥ 10 count 1837 (45.3)
SF12 - Physical health, mean (SD) 43.6 (12.4)
SF12 - Mental health, mean (SD) 49.5 (10.5)
OA diagnosis
 Yes 502 (12.4)
 No 3557 (87.6)
  1. aDistribution based on valid response (missing data: 105, 2.6% (employment status); 131, 3.2% (BMI); 107, 2.6% (SF-12))