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Table 3 Demographics, physical activity level, health- and work-related data of combined air force personnel and deployed soldiers

From: Musculoskeletal disorders and their associations with health- and work-related factors: a cross-sectional comparison between Swedish air force personnel and army soldiers

  Air force Deployed soldiers p-value
n = 166 n = 185
Age, years Mean (95%CI) 39 (38–41) 34 (35–35) <.01
Height, m   1.81 (1.80–1.82) 1.82 (1.81–1.83) .04
Weight, kg   82 (81–83) 84 (82–85) .03
BMI, kg/m2   25.1 (24.7–25.4) 25.2 (24.9–25.5) .46
Physical activity level % (95%CI)      <.01
 Low/inactive   4.3 (2.1–8.6) 3.2 (1.5–6.9)  
 Active   30.5 (24.0–37.9) 14.1 (9.8–19.8)  
 Highly active   65.2 (57.7–72.1) 82.7 (76.6–87.5)  
Physical health "      
 Poor   1.2 (0.3–4.3) 1.1 (0.3–3.9) .49
 Good   56.6 (49.0–63.9) 50.8 (43.7–57.9)  
 Excellent   42.2 (34.9–79.8) 48.1 (41.0–55.3)  
Mental health "      
 Poor   0 (0–2.3) 0.5 (0.1–3.0) .06
 Good   28.5 (22.1–35.8) 19.5 (14.4–25.8)  
 Excellent   71.5 (64.2–77.9) 80.0 (73.7–85.1)  
Physical environment "      
 Poor   1.2 (0.3–4.3) 1.1 (0.3–3.9) .27
 Good   50.9 (43.4–58.4) 42.7 (35.8–49.9)  
 Excellent   47.9 (40.4–55.5) 56.2 (49.0–63.2)  
Social environment "      
 Poor   0 (0–2.3) 1.6 (0.6–4.7) .06
 Good   41.2 (34.0–48.9) 32.4 (26.1–39.5)  
 Excellent   58.8 (51.2–66.0) 65.9 (58.9–72.4)  
Work ability "      
 Poor   0.6 (0.1–3.4) 0.5 (0.1–3.0) .69
 Good   25.5 (19.4–32.6) 21.1 (15.8–27.5)  
 Excellent   73.9 (66.8–80.0) 78.4 (71.9–83.7)  
Uses smokeless tobacco " 21.3 (15.8–28.2) 38.8 (32.0–46.0) <.01
Smoker-yes " .6 (0.1–3.4) 7.8 (4.7–12.7) <.01
Motivated-yes " 100 (97.7–100) 97.8 (94.6–99.2) .13
Mentally prepared-yes " 100 (97.7–100) 98.9 (96.2–99.7) .50
Physically prepared-yes " 95.7 (91.4–97.9) 88.6 (83.3–92.5) .02
Sick-listed -yes " 10.1 (6.0–16.5) 4.6 (2.1–9.7) .10
  1. Numbers in bold indicate significant difference between groups (p < 0.05). BMI Body mass index, CI Confidence Interval