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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics and prevalence of back pain and neck pain in the Swiss Health Surveya and in the survey of final year health professions students

From: Higher low back and neck pain in final year Swiss health professions’ students: worrying susceptibilities identified in a multi-centre comparison to the national population

Variable SHS Nat-ABBE P
Back pain (%)    0.000
 No 60.0 39.0  
 Yes 40.0 61.0  
Neck pain (%)    0.000
 No 63.6 40.2  
 Yes 36.4 59.8  
Gender (%)    0.000
 Women 51.0 88.1  
 Men 49.0 11.9  
Age group (%)    0.000
 < 21 7.2 0.1  
 21–30 15.1 94.7  
 31–40 15.8 3.5  
 41–50 20.3 1.5  
 > 50 41.6 0.3  
Education (%)    0.000
 Primary 18.0 0.0  
 Secondary 53.4 100.0  
 Tertiary 28.6 0.0  
Sample size 21,597 1848  
Population size 6,838,268   
  1. aPercentages based on population weighted data. Four week prevalence for back pain and neck pain. P-values from design-based F-test
  2. Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Swiss Health Survey (SHS) 2012. Nat-ABBE coordination group, National Graduate Survey of Health Professionals from Universities of Applied Sciences 2016, 2017 (Nat-ABBE)