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Table 1 The characteristics of the study groups

From: Health-related quality of life among individuals with long-standing spinal cord injury: a comparative study of veterans and non-veterans

   Veterans (n = 39) Non-veterans (n = 63)  
   No. (%) No. (%) P
Age (year)     
  Mean (SD) 45.2 (5.3) 34.3 (8.3) < 0.001
  Range 35-59 19-57  
Educational level     < 0.001
  Secondary school or less 4 (11.1) 36 (57.1)  
  Diploma or college 14 (38.9) 20 (31.7)  
  Higher 18 (50.0) 7 (11.1)  
Employment status     0.151
  Employed 12 (34.3) 12 (19.0)  
  Unemployed 23 (65.7) 46 (73.0)  
  Retired 0 (0.0) 5 (8.0)  
Had spouse at the time of injury     < 0.001
  Yes 8 (21.6) 38 (60.3)  
  No 29 (78.4) 25 (39.7)  
Have spouse at the time of study     < 0.001
  Yes 30 (88.2) 34 (54.0)  
  No 4 (11.8) 29 (46.0)  
Number of children     0.006
  0 3 (13.0) 31 (49.2)  
  1 13 (56.5) 11 (17.5)  
  2 5 (21.7) 15 (23.8)  
  ≥ 3 2 (8.7) 6 (9.6)  
Time since injury (year)     
  Mean (SD) 23.4 (3.6) 7.0 (4.9) < 0.001
  Range 12-29 1-28  
Level of injury     0.818
  Cervical 22 (56.4) 37 (58.7)  
  Thoracic/Lumbar 17 (43.6) 26 (41.3)  
Motor lesion     < 0.001
  Complete 39 (100) 29 (46.0)  
  Incomplete 0 (0.0) 34 (54.0)