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Table 1 Sample characteristics (N = 26)

From: Factors impacting the illness trajectory of post-infectious fatigue syndrome: a qualitative study of adults’ experiences

Demographic variables
Gender
  19 Females
7 Males
Years of age
  26–59 (mean 40)
Education level
  2 Lower secondary education ≤ 9 years
4 Upper secondary education 10–13 years
6 College/university Bachelor 14–16 years
14 College/university graduate ≥ 17 years
Marital status
  12 Single
9 Married
2 Cohabiting
3 Divorced
Work/study status
  6
4
Females
Males
Worked/studied part time &
partly dependent on welfare benefits
  13
3
Females
Males
Unable to work/study & fully dependent on welfare benefits
Household incomea
  4 Very low
8 Low
9 Average
6 High
1 Very high
No. of symptomsb
  14–70 (median 36)
Post Giardiasis d.
bowel function
  6 Experienced no bowel complaints (5 females, 1 male)
  1 Male missing
  19 Experienced PI-IBS symptoms (14 females, 5 males)
16 Physician confirmed diagnosis of PI-IBS (12 females, 4 males)
  1. aThe household income categories were not assigned numerical values and the participants were asked to choose one subjectively
  2. bSigns and symptom questionnaire [56]