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Table 2 Characteristics for 286 patients with a hand injury treated at a department for hand surgery

From: Hand injuries in an older population - a retrospective cohort study from a single hand surgery centre

Patient characteristics Women n = 145 (51%) Men n = 141 (49%) Total n = 286 P-value
Age 74 [70–79] 71 [68–76] 72 [69–78] a< 0.01
Co-morbidity
 Healthy 17 (12%) 19 (13%) 36 (13%) b0.65
 Hypertension 57 (39%) 73 (52%) 130 (45%) b 0.03
 Cardiovascular disease 38 (26%) 58 (41%) 96 (34%) b < 0.01
 Diabetes mellitus type 2 9 (6%) 26 (18%) 35 (12%) b < 0.01
 Pulmonary disease 19 (13%) 15 (11%) 34 (12%) b0.52
 Thyroid disorders 25 (17%) 5 (4%) 30 (10%) b < 0.01
 Osteoarthritis 21 (14%) 8 (6%) 29 (10%) b 0.01
Number of medicines 2 [1–5] 3 [1–6] 2 [1–5] c0.13
 0 27 (19%) 23 (16%) 50 (17%) b0.64
 1–4 59 (42%) 54 (38%) 113 (40%) b0.75
5 (5–17) 32 (22%) 46 (33%) 78 (27%) b0.09
 Missing data 27 (19%) 18 (13%) 45 (16%) b0.17
 Previous hand injury 10 (7%) 12 (9%) 22 (8%) b0.61
Handedness
 Right 44 (30%) 49 (35%) 93 (33%) b0.51
 Left 2 (1%) 2 (1%) 4 (1%)
 Bimanual 1 (1%) 0 1 (0%)
 Missing 98 (68%) 90 (64%) 188 (66%) b0.64
  1. Values are presented as number of patients (% of patient group) or median [25th – 75th percentiles]. P-values represent differences between men and women in number of patients affected or median values by the use of a Mann-Whitney U test for continuous variables and b Pearson’s Chi-square test or c Fisher’s exact test (in small sample groups) for categorical variables