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Table 1 Socio-demographic data of the patient population

From: The Herdecke questionnaire on quality of life (HLQ): Validation of factorial structure and development of a short form within a naturopathy treated in-patient collective

   male (n = 507) female (n = 1954) total (n = 2461)
age mean 58,6 57,9 58,0
  standard deviation 13,4 13,4 13,4
  range 17–92 16–92 16–92
   n % n % n %
age group under 18 years 1 0.2 3 0.2 4 0.2
  18–45 years 89 17.6 346 17.7 435 17.7
  45–60 years 162 32.0 676 34.6 838 34.1
  60–65 years 81 16.0 308 15.8 389 15.8
  65 and older 172 33.9 619 31.7 791 32.1
  no details available 2 0.4 2 0.1 4 0.2
diagnostic groups connective tissue and soft tissue disorders 267 52.7 1305 66.8 1572 63.9
  chronic disorders of the respiratory system 35 6.9 60 3.1 95 3.9
  metabolic and nutritional disorders 92 18.1 133 6.8 225 9.1
  hypersensitivity reactions 8 1.6 46 2.4 54 2.2
  other indications 85 16.8 364 18.6 449 18.2
  no details available 20 3.9 46 2.4 66 2.7
marital status single 56 11.0 178 9.1 234 9.5
  married 352 69.4 1055 54.0 1407 57.2
  living separated 7 1.4 34 1.7 41 1.7
  divorced 37 7.3 227 11.6 264 10.7
  widowed 36 7.1 399 20.4 435 17.7
  second marriage 12 2.4 28 1.4 40 1.6
  no details available 7 1.4 33 1.7 40 1.6
education still at school 2 0.4 7 0.4 9 0.4
  no final exam 15 3.0 33 1.7 48 2.0
  special school exams 1 0.2 5 0.3 6 0.2
  secondary school exams other than GCSE 338 66.7 1191 61.0 1529 62.1
  GCSE ? 80 15.8 431 22.1 511 20,8
  A levels 60 11.8 201 10.3 261 10.6
  other 1 0.2 27 1.4 28 1.1
  no details available 10 2.0 59 3.0 69 2.8
most recent profession worker 206 40.6 338 17.3 544 22.1
  employee/civil servant 212 41.7 941 48.2 1153 46.9
  self employed 42 8.3 94 4.8 136 5.5
  not working 15 3.0 242 12.4 257 10.4
  unclear 1 0.2 23 1.2 24 1.0
  no details available 31 6.1 316 16.2 347 14.1
professional situation full-time professional 142 280 311 15.9 453 18.4
  part-time professional 19 3.8 288 14.8 307 12.4
  housewife/husband 12 2.4 484 24.8 496 20.2
  in training 4 0.8 13 0.7 17 0.7
  retired pre retired state 267 49.6 670 33.3 937 38.2
  unemployed 46 9.1 115 5.9 161 6.6
  no details available 17 3.4 73 3.7 90 3.7