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Table 2 Prevalence and distribution of socio-demographic characteristics among working-age individuals (ages 25–64) back problems, arthritis and back problems, reporting arthritis, and any other chronic conditions; 2007/2008 Canadian community health survey

From: Chronic back problems and labor force participation in a national population survey: impact of comorbid arthritis

  No chronic condition Back problem Back problem + Arthritis Arthritis Other chronic condition(s)
Estimated number of individuals (1,000) 8,401 2,927 1,061 1,328 4,511
Prevalence (%) 46.1 16.1 5.8 7.3 24.8
Sex (%)      
 Male 54.0 51.1 41.4 40.4 45.2
 Female 46.0 48.9 58.6 59.6 54.8
Age (%)      
 25-34 31.9 22.8 5.5 6.5 21.3
 35-44 29.9 29.2 17.1 14.5 24.7
 45-54 25.2 29.3 35.2 33.0 28.4
 55-64 13.0 18.8 42.1 46.0 25.7
Education (%)      
 < Secondary grad 8.6 11.5 20.9 16.9 11.7
 Secondary grad 16.0 15.0 17.0 17.1 16.2
 Some post-secondary 6.0 7.6 7.0 7.3 7.3
 Post-secondary grad 69.4 65.9 55.1 58.7 64.9
BMI (%)      
 Underweight/normal 52.7 45.1 37.1 36.3 42.3
 Overweight 34.5 35.5 35.1 37.0 34.9
 Obese 12.8 19.4 27.8 26.7 22.8
Living arrangement (%)      
 Single, with or without others 17.2 17.5 21.9 18.8 18.2
 Living with partner/spouse 22.8 25.5 35.2 36.4 28.3
 Living with children 47.7 45.9 34.7 34.7 42.5
 Other 12.3 11.2 8.2 10.1 11.0
Smoking (%)      
 Never 22.7 29.1 24.2 29.1 33.0
 Current 36.7 29.5 33.8 25.4 24.7
 Former 40.6 41.3 42.0 45.6 42.3
Alcohol (%)      
 Nondrinker 69.5 15.8 23.9 20.2 18.2
 Regular 14.2 68.9 55.2 61.8 64.6
 Occasional 16.4 15.3 20.9 18.0 17.2
Physical activity (%)      
 Active 25.2 22.0 20.3 20.7 20.8
 Moderately active 25.0 24.8 21.8 24.6 26.6
 Inactive 49.8 53.2 58.0 54.7 52.6
Work status (%)      
 In labor force 89.8 84.7 64.2 73.9 82.0
 Not currently employed 9.7 11.6 21.2 20.7 14.7
 Out of the labor force 0.5 3.7 14.6 5.4 3.3