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Table 1 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with CWP (n = 152).

From: Illness beliefs among patients with chronic widespread pain - associations with self-reported health status, anxiety and depressive symptoms and impact of pain

Gender n (%)  
 Women 138 (91)
 Men 14 (9)
Age (Yrs)  
 Mean (SD) 46.3 (14)
 Median (range) 46 (19–80)
Family situation n (%)
 Single 26 (17)
 Single with children 14 (9)
 Living with parents and siblings 4 (3)
 Living with other adult with children 55 (36)
 Living with other adult without children 53 (35)
Country of birth n (%)
 Sweden 134 (88)
 European country excl. Sweden 13 (9)
 Rest of the world 5 (3)
Education n(%)
 Low 24 (16)
 Intermediate 91 (60)
 High 23 (15)
 Other 14 (9)
Work status n (%)
 Employed full time 28 (18)
 Employed part time 9 (6)
 Unemployed 22 (15)
 Student 11 (17)
 Sick leave 45 (30)
 Disability pension 23 (15)
 Retired 14 (9)
Occupational groups n (%)
 Administration and management 14 (9)
 Health care, social care and commercial 52 (34)
 Production and transport 19 (13)
 Occupation requiring high or advanced education 16 (11)
 Not specified 51 (34)
SF-36 Self-reported health, Mean (SD)
 BP bodily pain (n = 151) 24 (15)
 PCS physical component score (n = 148) 28 (8)
 MCS mental component score (n = 148) 36 (13)
Health transition (n = 151) n (%)
 Much better 5 (3)
 Slightly better 12 (8)
 The same 44 (29)
 Slightly worse 49 (33)
 Much worse 41 (27)
Form of pain (n = 143) n (%)
 Periodical 18 (13)
 Persisting 125 (87)
Pain duration (n = 144) (Yrs)
 Mean (SD) 16 (11)
 Median (range) 13 (2–49)
Pain according to Manchester definition n (%) 114 (75)
HADS Anxiety symptoms (n = 149) n (%)
 Cases 49 (33)
HADS Depressive symptoms (n = 148)
 Cases 48 (32)