Table 3

Characteristics of participants

Participant details

Headache characteristics

Associated health care utilisation in last year §


ID No.

Sex

Age

Educa-tion*

Soc-ec class **

Self-reported type of headache

Frequency of headache

Time patient has had headaches

Severity (1-mild to 4-severe)

Saw GP

Saw HS

Saw PT

Saw AT

Used PM

Used NPM

Used AM


552

M

38

Degree

3M

High BP related

weekly

a few years

1

2107

F

52

High school

3N

Tension-type

weekly to monthly

12 years

1

2147

F

36

High school

3N

Tension-type Sinus related

-

5 years

2

2248

M

50

Degree

2

Tension-type Sinus related

3–4 times a week

30–40 years

1

2466

F

53

High school

3N

Migraine/tension-type

weekly to monthly

15–20 years

2

2843

M

46

No qual

3M

Chronic daily

daily

2–3 years

2

3220

M

48

No qual

3N

Tension-type

daily

many years

4

4211

F

56

Voca-tional

2

Sinus related

daily

7 years

2

5316

M

51

High school

2

Migraine

every 2–3 weeks

40 years

1

5763

M

51

No qual

3M

Tension-type

2–3 times a month

2 years

1

6317

F

60

No qual

3N

Migraine

Daily to weekly

45 years

1

6355

F

47

High school

2

Migraine

weekly to monthly

40 years

1

8795

M

44

High school

3N

Migraine/chronic daily

Daily to weekly

30–40 years/2 years

2

9029

M

65

Degree

-

Tension-type/eye related

every 4–6 weeks

many years

4

9423

F

40

Voca-tional

3N

Migraine

twice a month

25 years

3

9672

M

44

High school

3M

Migraine

weekly

15–20 years

2

10063

F

50

No qual

4

Migraine

-

20 years

3


Participant details and associated health care utilisation were collected as part of the postal survey in 2000. Headache characteristics were self-reported at the time of interview except for severity which was assessed using the Chronic Pain Grade during the postal survey in 2000.

§Associated health care utilisation in the last year looked at whether participants had visited a general practitioner (GP), hospital specialist (HS), physical therapist (PT) or alternative therapist (AT) and whether they had used prescription medicine (PM), non-prescription medicine (NPM) or alternative medicine (AM).

* Level of education (No qual = no formal education qualification)

** Socio-economic class (1 = highest social class, 5 = lowest social class. M = manual, N = non-manual)

Leiper et al. BMC Family Practice 2006 7:27   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-7-27

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