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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of the study population

From: An analysis of sickness absence in chronically ill patients receiving Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A longterm prospective intermittent study

  Whole study population (n = 1221) Study population at work (n = 441)
Women (%) 63.9 54.9
Age (years), mean (± SD) 42.5 (17.4) 41.8 (10.5)
Duration of disease (years), mean (± SD) 10.1 (9.7) 10.6 (9.9)
Duration of treatment (years), mean (± SD) 1.9 (1.2) 2.0 (1.2)
Health status*, mean (± SD)   
   Before treatment 3.2 (0.86) (response: 93.9 %) 3.2 (0.82) (response: 97.5 %)
   After treatment 2.7 (0.91) (response: 74.3 %) 2.6 (0.91) (response: 74.6%)
   Follow up** 2.6 (0.94) (response: 51.1 %) 2.6 (0.88) (response: 54.7%)
  1. * score built from following items: frequency and duration of pain, state of health, degree of impairment, range from 1 – 5, from 1 = excellent to 5= poor health.
  2. ** 1.5 years after treatment.