Table 1

Description of studied population
Exposed to major stressor Not exposed Fisher’s test
n (%) n (%) p-value
Age P = 0.005
  18 – 64.9 years 115 (75.2%) 204 (62.0%)
  ≥ 65 years 38 (24.8%) 125 (38.0%)
Gender
  Female 56 (36.6%) 132 (40.1%) P = 0.484
  Male 97 (63.4%) 197 (59.9%)
Education P = 0.577
  Higher education 60 (39.2%) 110 (33.4%)
  Apprenticeship or equivalent 52 (34.0%) 119 (36.3%)
  Compulsory school or less 26 (17.0%) 57 (17.3%)
  Other or unknown 15 (9.8%) 43 (13.1%)
Lives P = 0.683
  With family or friends 117 (76.5%) 244 (74.2%)
  Alone 29 (18.9%) 73 (22.3%)
  Unknown 7 (4.6%) 12 (3.5%)
Occupation P = 0.102
  Full-time employment 45 (29.4%) 74 (22.5%) P = 0.112
  Part-time employment 28 (18.3%) 65 (19.8%) P = 0.804
  Housewife/-husband 28 (18.3%) 55 (16.7%) P = 0.698
  Retired 37 (24.2%) 114 (34.6%) P = 0.026
  Other 15 (9.8%) 21 (6.4%) P = 0.200
Initial somatic complaint*
  Psychological origin 18 (11.8%) 22 (6.7%) P = 0.075
  Osteo-articular 52 (34.0%) 134 (40.7%) P = 0.161
  Neurological 9 (5.9%) 22 (6.7%) P = 0.843
  Cardiovascular 20 (13.1%) 28 (8.5%) P = 0.141
  Respiratory 16 (10.5%) 25 (7.6%) P = 0.297
  Digestive 17 (11.1%) 30 (9.1%) P = 0.511
  Uro-genital 7 (4.6%) 13 (3.9%) P = 0.807
  Mouth-throat 7 (4.5%) 27 (8.2%) P = 0.182
Psychiatric condition
  Psychiatric comorbidities 34 (22.2%) 38 (11.5%) P = 0.004
  Psychological treatment in the previous 3 months 45 (29.4%) 67 (20.4%) P = 0.037
Subjective health status† P = 0.092
  Excellent 11 (7.3%) 26 (7.9%)
  Very good 22 (14.6%) 81 (24.6%)
  Good 72 (47.7%) 147 (44.7%)
  Moderate 41 (27.1%) 68 (20.7%)
  Bad 5 (3.3%) 7 (2.1%)

* Up to three diagnoses related to the complaint could be reported. Here we reports principle motive for common complaints only.

† Data was missing for two patients.

Herzig et al.

Herzig et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:120   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-120

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