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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of employees with and without chronic disease (total population N = 1125)

From: Predictors of working beyond retirement in older workers with and without a chronic disease - results from data linkage of Dutch questionnaire and registry data

  Unit, categories, range Employees with chronic disease (N = 739) Employees without chronic disease (N = 386)
Mean/N SD/% Mean/N SD/%
Demographic characteristics
Age Years 61.29 1.87 61.33 1.97
Gender Women 312 42.2% 142 36.8%
Educational level Low 232 31.4% 104 26.9%
Intermediate 249 33.7% 133 34.5%
High 258 34.9% 149 38.6%
Socioeconomic characteristics
Option value Ln 6.52 3.05 6.64 3.12
Income Q1 (0–25%) 312 42.2% 157 40.7%
Q2 (26–50%) 79 10.7% 32 8.3%
Q3 (51–75%) 192 26.0% 87 22.5%
Q4 (76–100%) 156 21.1% 110 28.5%
Quartile equity Q1 (0–25%) 186 38.7% 103 39.3%
Q2 (26–50%) 71 14.8% 32 12.2%
Q3 (51–75%) 110 22.9% 58 22.1%
Q4 (76–100%) 114 23.7% 69 26.3%
Work characteristics
Physical load 1–5 1.76 0.86 1.60 0.77
Mental load 1–5 4.18 0.67 4.20 0.64
Procedural justice 1–5 3.28 0.81 3.36 0.84
Working in (semi-)skilled manual labor Yes 50 6.8% 22 5.7%
Working in transport Yes 17 2.3% 11 2.8%
Working in healthcare Yes 101 13.7% 44 11.4%
Permanent contract Yes 671 91.0% 355 92.7%
Supervisory tasks Yes 172 23.4% 114 29.6%
Working with substances Yes 168 22.7% 71 18.4%
Evening / night shifts Yes 261 35.5% 148 38.3%
Years of physically heavy work > = 8 years 263 35.9% 97 25.3%
Years of mentally heavy work > = 16.5 years 356 48.9% 184 48.3%
Health
Perceived health Good 551 74.6% a a
Perceived physical health Average 50 47.64 9.22 55.26 4.08
Feeling full of life Yes 564 76.6% 354 91.9%
Feeling worn out No 636 86.3% 371 96.4%
Fatigue No 555 75.4% 365 94.8%
Depressive symptoms 1–4 1.53 0.46 1.35 0.34
Recovery and relaxation 1–5 2.99 0.76 3.06 0.75
Problems with leg / feet No 309 42.6% 287 75.9%
Body height Centimeters 174.26 8.97 175.39 9.43
BMI Kg / m2 27.82 4.64 25.67 3.42
# days active for at least 30 min / week > = 2 days 553 75.0% 298 77.4%
# days intensively active for at least 20 min / week > = 2 days 282 38.5% 161 41.9%
Social factors
Partner with paid employment Yes 239 32.5% 140 36.4%
Work disabled partner Yes 40 5.4% 21 5.5%
Attitude partner with regard to quitting work No partner 191 26.2% 77 20.4%
(Very) unpleasant 42 5.8% 29 7.7%
Neither pleasant nor unpleasant / pleasant 497 68.1% 271 71.9%
Attitude partner with regard to continued employment No partner 191 26.5 77 20.5%
Very unpleasant 53 7.4% 24 6.4%
Unpleasant 94 13.0% 49 13.0%
Neither pleasant nor unpleasant 258 35.8% 131 34.8%
Pleasant 91 12.6% 67 17.8%
Very pleasant 34 4.7% 28 7.4%
Missing family activities due to work obligations Yes 346 46.8% 164 42.5%
  1. Q quartile. aThese numbers were below the privacy-based norm of Statistics Netherlands and may not be shown