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Table 1 Percentage or mean ± SD of participant characteristics of work ability and percentage of hours worked (n = 794)

From: Work ability and percentage of hours worked related to limitations in patients with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders: a cross-sectional cohort study

Age at time of participation 40.08.5794
Gender male37%  794
Education level   794
 Primary school1%   
 Lower vocational education1%   
 Secondary vocational education26%   
 Higher vocational education34%   
% participants with pain80%  794
% participants with stiffness49%  794
% participants with tingling feelings or numbness42%  794
Main cause of the start of complaints   742
 A single cause cannot be identified17%   
 Overload during leisure2%   
 Short-term overload during work5%   
 Long-term overload during work70%   
 Accident, strain1%   
 Other(e.g. stress, posture, furniture)53%   
Complaint duration in years 5.63.1755
Work ability score (WAS) (0–10) 6.42.0794
% worked of Fulltime employment (0–100) 77.035.0794
DASH score (0–100) 28.319.0668
DASH work module (0–100) 41.025.8784
SF-36 subscale physical functioning (0–100) 80.015.3780
SF-36 subscale pain (0–100) 59.320.1793
SF-36 subscale physical role functioning (0–100) 41.939.3788