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Table 3 Demographic, work-related, health and lifestyle descriptive statistics for the eldercare employees

From: Pain management in eldercare employees – the role of managers in addressing musculoskeletal pain and pain-related sickness absence

  Mean (SD), n (%) or median (IQR)
Age (years; n = 535) 45.3 (10.8)
Sex (female; n = 535) 510 (95%)
Job (n = 521)
 Care aide 241 (46%)
 Care helper 227 (44%)
 Nurse or other health professional 53 (10%)
Type of Ward (n = 535)
 Somatic 401 (75%)
 Dementia 110 (21%)
 Temporary rehabilitation 15 (3%)
 Independent living 9 (2%)
 BMI (n = 489) 26.6 (5.3)
Self-rated health (n = 524)
 Excellent 17 (3%)
 Very good 140 (27%)
 Good 282 (54%)
 Not so good 78 (15%)
 Poor 7 (1%)
Smoking (n = 525)
 Current smoker 187 (36%)
 Former smoker 159 (30%)
 Never smoked 179 (34%)
Days with low back pain (0–28 days; n = 6267*) 4 (IQR 0 to 10)
Days with neck/shoulder pain (0–28 days; n = 6273*) 4 (IQR 0 to 11)
Days with pain-related sickness absence (0–84 days; n = 2191*) 0 (IQR 0 to 0)
Responses with at least 1 day of sickness absence due to musculoskeletal pain 265 (12%)
  1. Data are mean, numbers or median
  2. BMI Body Mass Index, SD standard deviation, IQR interquartile range
  3. n for these values is the number of data points (i.e., the sample population x the number of times they responded to the question)