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Table 2 Characteristics of the study population. Characteristics of women and men with a disability pension at baseline or during follow up, and non-retired women and men

From: The prognosis for individuals on disability retirement An 18-year mortality follow-up study of 6887 men and women sampled from the general population

  Disability pension Non-retired   
  Women Men Women Men p for difference
  Mean or % SD mean or % SD mean or % SD mean or % SD pension status gender
No of subjects 892   791   2257   2947    
No. of observation periods 18871)   15782)   2257   2947    
No. of person-years 9479   6923   35528   40320    
Age at baseline 53.8 8.09 52.5 8.55 44.7 10.06 44.6 8.65 <0.0001 n.s.
Married, % 73.8   63.4   78.6   80.4   <0.001 n.s.
Mandatory education only 70.8   55.4   43.0   31.0   <0.0001 <0.0001
Household size 2.3 1.19 2.4 1.49 2.9 1.22 2.9 1.32 <0.0001 n.s.
Smokers, % 37.8   42.2   33.3   30.1   <0.005 <0.01
Hospital care for alcohol or drug abuse, % 0   5.4   0.4   0.9   <0.01 <0.005
  1. 1) 634 observation periods before and 1258 periods after disability pension.
  2. 2) 592 observation periods before and 992 periods after disability pension.