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Table 1 Description of the study population

From: The relationship between readiness to change pain-related exercise participation and perceived work ability: a cross-sectional study of factory workers

Characteristic   Percentage (%) N
Sex Female 12 9
Male 88 66
Age Range 18–24 9.3 7
25–34 17.3 13
35–44 25.3 19
45–54 20 15
55–64 26.7 20
65+ 1.3 1
Time worked in factory 3–12 months 13.3 10
1–3 years 22.7 17
3–5 years 22.7 17
5–10 years 17.3 13
10–20 years 14.7 11
20+ years 9.3 7
Job role Machine Operator 33.3 25
Technical Operator 42.7 32
Palletiser Operator 2.7 2
Despatch Operator 5.3 4
Manufacturing apprentice 2.7 2
Planner 8 6
Line Leader 5.3 4
Reported Pain Pain in past 7 days 60 45
No pain in past 7 days 40 30
Pain in past 3 months 80 60
No pain in past 3 months 20 15
Area of pain Lower back 38.3 23
(past 3 months) Other body areas 61.7 37
Other diagnosed health condition Yes 46.7 35
No 53.3 40