Table 1

Comparison of the characteristics of the massage and control groups at baseline (pre-treatment)

Characteristic

Massage group

Control Group

p-value


Number in group

50

51

Gender (male:female)

22:28

20:31

0.626 NS

Age in years Mean (SD)

51.5 (13.4)

55.2 (12.9)

0.171 NS

Duration of pain in years. Mean (SD)

9.86 (7.47)

11.0 (10.2)

0.540 NS

Therapist (A:B)

27:23

27:24

0.915 NS

Pain VAS. Range 0–100. Mean (SD)

57.7 (18.0)

62.3 (16.6)

0.200 NS

McGill Pain Q'aire Pain Rating Index Range 0–78 Mean (SD)

27.3 (11.5)

25.1 (14.4)

0.390 NS

Spielberger SF STAI Range 6–24 Mean (SD)

13.3 (4.16)

12.0 (4.15)

0.139 NS


Seers et al. BMC Nursing 2008 7:10   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-7-10

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