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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Valuing health-related quality of life: systematic variation in health perception

Characteristic Male Female Total
Population 1911 (51) 1828 (49) 3739 (100)
Mean age (years) 41.3 (±15.5) 40.8 (±15.4) 41.1 (±15.5)
Mean VAS 92.4 (±9.0) 91.3 (±9.4) 91.9 (±9.2)
Education
 Low 611 (17.3) 533 (15.1) 1144 (32.4)
 Medium 712 (20.2) 844 (24.0) 1556 (44.2)
 High 470 (13.3) 354 (10.0) 824 (23.3)
Living with partner
 No 874 (23.4) 779 (20.8) 1653 (44.2)
 Yes 1037 (27.7) 1049 (28.1) 2086 (55.8)
Household size
  > 1 person 1316 (35.2) 1405 (37.6) 2721 (72.8)
 1 person 595 (15.9) 423 (11.3) 1018 (27.2)
Employment
 Self-employed 193 (5.2) 97 (2.6) 290 (7.8)
 Public servant 79 (2.1) 41 (1.1) 120 (3.2)
 Employee 778 (20.8) 1277 (34.1) 2055 (54.9)
 Worker 622 (16.6) 178 (4.8) 800 (21.4)
 Unemployed 4 (0.1) 13 (0.3) 17 (0.4)
 Not available 235 (6.3) 222 (5.9) 457 (12.2)
BMI
 Mean BMI (SD) 25.23 (±2.9) 23.79 (±3.9) 24.54 (±3.6)
 Underweight (< 18.5) 5 (0.1) 68 (2.0) 73 (2.2)
 Normal weight (18.5–24.9) 891 (26.5) 1018 (30.3) 1909 (56.8)
 Overweight (25–29.9) 786 (23.4) 406 (12.1) 1192 (35.5)
 Obesity class I (30–34.9) 73 (2.2) 80 (2.4) 153 (4.6)
 Obesity class II (35–39.9) 12 (3.6) 13 (0.4) 25 (0.7)
 Obesity class III (≥40) 3 (0.1) 6 (0.2) 9 (0.3)
Disease
 Allergy 10 (0.3) 30 (0.8) 40 (1.1)
 Asthma 8 (0.2) 15 (0.4) 23 (0.6)
 Bladder 2 (0.1) 23 (0.6) 25 (0.7)
 Colda 135 (3.6) 176 (4.7) 311 (8.3)
 Diabetes 19 (0.5) 25 (0.7) 44 (1.2)
 Flua 48 (1.3) 50 (1.3) 98 (2.6)
 Gut 46 (1.2) 56 (1.5) 102 (2.7)
 Heart 12 (0.3) 11 (0.3) 23 (0.6)
 Hypertension 47 (1.3) 69 (1.8) 116 (3.1)
 Migrainea 79 (2.1) 157 (4.2) 236 (6.3)
 Musculoskeletal 73 (1.9) 63 (1.7) 136 (3.6)
 Skin 12 (0.3) 19 (0.5) 31 (0.8)
 Tootha 28 (0.7) 35 (0.9) 63 (1.6)
 Thyroid 5 (0.1) 38 (1.0) 43 (1.1)
  1. Percentage or SD in brackets; BMI body mass index; low education: primary school; medium education: secondary school certificate; high education: general qualification for university entrance or advanced technical college entrance qualification
  2. aconsidered as acute diseases, other diseases considered as chronic