Table 1

Personal- and environmental factors in working women (WW) and nonworking women (NWW) with fibromyalgia
WW (N = 53) NWW (N = 76) p-value
Personal factors Mean (SD) Median (range) Mean (SD) Median (range)
Age, years 45.4 (8.1) 47 (22–57) 46.0 (9.2) 47 (24–60) 0.567
Symptom duration, years 11.7 (5.8) 10 (2–24) 9.7 (7.9) 8 (0.3-45) 0.021
FIQ feel good, 0-100 69.0 (28.9) 71 (0–100) 81.3 (22.7) 86 (0–100) 0.014
N (%) N (%)
Living with an adult 45 (84.9) 55 (72.4) 0.133
Born outside of Sweden 8 (15.1) 13 (17.1) 0.813
Education:
≤ 9 years 11 (20.8) 17 (22.7)
10 – 12 years 29 (54.7) 40 (53.3)
>12 years 13 (24.5) 18 (24.0) 0.843
Pharmacological treatment:
Analgesic/NSAID, yes 31 (58.5) 58 (76.3) 0.035
Psychotropics, yes 22(41.5) 37 (48.7) 0.475
Environmental factors Mean (SD) Median (range) Mean (SD) Median (range)
MOS-SSS, 4-20 15.4 (4.0) 16 (7–20) 14.5 (4.1) 15 (4–20) 0.267
Mean income in area of residence, 1000 Swedish kronor 214 (30.1) 214 (165–299) 201 (29.7) 205 (123–267) 0.042

P-values of ≤0.01 are considered significant and shown in bold type.

FIQ: Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, MOS-SSS: Medical Outcome Study –Social Support Survey 4-item scale.

Missing values: FIQ feel good (n = 3), education (n = 1), mean income in the area of residence (n = 6).

Palstam et al.

Palstam et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:1076   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-1076

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