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Table 4 Determinants of changes in physical health^ among unemployed persons who participated in a health promotion programme (n = 216) estimated by multivariate linear regression analyses with repeated measurements

From: Changes in physical health among participants in a multidisciplinary health programme for long-term unemployed persons

  Change in VO2max Change in abdominal muscle strength Flexibility Systolic blood pressure Diastolic blood pressure
Baseline value      
   < 25% percentile 3.37** 13.44** 3.61** 8.33** 5.22**
   25%–75% percentile 2.06** 10.59** 2.00** -3.10 -1.84
   > 75% percentile -0.85 9.31** 0.25 -13.80** -8.06**
Gender      
   Men 2.19** 10.30** 2.57** -4.23** -1.31
   Women 1.23 11.59** 1.53** -2.46 -2.27**
  1. * 0.05 <= p <= 0.10, **p < 0.05, paired t-test
  2. ^ VO2max (ml/kg/minute), abdominal muscle strength (sit-ups/minute), flexibility (cm), diastolic and systolic blood pressures (mmHg)