Table 2

Prevalence and distribution of socio-demographic characteristics among working-age individuals (ages 25–64) back problems, arthritis and back problems, reporting arthritis, and any other chronic conditions; 2007/2008 Canadian community health survey
No chronic condition Back problem Back problem + Arthritis Arthritis Other chronic condition(s)
Estimated number of individuals (1,000) 8,401 2,927 1,061 1,328 4,511
Prevalence (%) 46.1 16.1 5.8 7.3 24.8
Sex (%)
 Male 54.0 51.1 41.4 40.4 45.2
 Female 46.0 48.9 58.6 59.6 54.8
Age (%)
 25-34 31.9 22.8 5.5 6.5 21.3
 35-44 29.9 29.2 17.1 14.5 24.7
 45-54 25.2 29.3 35.2 33.0 28.4
 55-64 13.0 18.8 42.1 46.0 25.7
Education (%)
 < Secondary grad 8.6 11.5 20.9 16.9 11.7
 Secondary grad 16.0 15.0 17.0 17.1 16.2
 Some post-secondary 6.0 7.6 7.0 7.3 7.3
 Post-secondary grad 69.4 65.9 55.1 58.7 64.9
BMI (%)
 Underweight/normal 52.7 45.1 37.1 36.3 42.3
 Overweight 34.5 35.5 35.1 37.0 34.9
 Obese 12.8 19.4 27.8 26.7 22.8
Living arrangement (%)
 Single, with or without others 17.2 17.5 21.9 18.8 18.2
 Living with partner/spouse 22.8 25.5 35.2 36.4 28.3
 Living with children 47.7 45.9 34.7 34.7 42.5
 Other 12.3 11.2 8.2 10.1 11.0
Smoking (%)
 Never 22.7 29.1 24.2 29.1 33.0
 Current 36.7 29.5 33.8 25.4 24.7
 Former 40.6 41.3 42.0 45.6 42.3
Alcohol (%)
 Nondrinker 69.5 15.8 23.9 20.2 18.2
 Regular 14.2 68.9 55.2 61.8 64.6
 Occasional 16.4 15.3 20.9 18.0 17.2
Physical activity (%)
 Active 25.2 22.0 20.3 20.7 20.8
 Moderately active 25.0 24.8 21.8 24.6 26.6
 Inactive 49.8 53.2 58.0 54.7 52.6
Work status (%)
 In labor force 89.8 84.7 64.2 73.9 82.0
 Not currently employed 9.7 11.6 21.2 20.7 14.7
 Out of the labor force 0.5 3.7 14.6 5.4 3.3

Churcher et al.

Churcher et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:326   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-326

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