Table 1

Sociodemographic characteristics of the samples
Seminar (EFA) (n = 236) Seminar (Excl.) (n = 54) Survey (n = 321)
Mean age (years) 49.7 ± 4.8 48.9 ± 4.9 48.2 ± 5.6
BMI (kg/m2) 22.2 ± 2.8 21.9 ± 2.9 22 ± 2.8
Menopausal status
Premenopausal 25.8% 25.9% 47%
Perimenopausal 33.5% 29.6% 20.9%
Postmenopausal 33.1% 29.6% 24.6%
Hysterectomy* 4.7% 13% 2.8%
Ovariectomy-bilateral* 2.9% 1.9% 4.7%
Marital status*
Now married 90.3% 16.7% 70.7%
Not married 9.7% 83.3% 29.3%
Educational level
Primary 14.0% 13.7% 11.2%
Secondary 69.5% 68.8% 63.2%
Tertiary 16.5% 17.5% 25.6%
Employment
Employed 39.8% 38.8% 74.1%
Retired/house wife/unemployed 60.2% 61.2% 25.9%

Of the seminar sample, participants included to the EFA and those excluded were similar (p > 0.05) except where marked by * (p < 0.05). Between the seminar sample (EFA) and the survey sample, BMI and education were similar (p > 0.05) but age, menopausal status, marital status and employment were different (p < 0.05).

Chen et al.

Chen et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:73   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-73

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