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Table 1 General characteristics of questionnaire responders (including in-depth interviewee) (n = 131)

From: Workers’ experiences with compensated sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorder: a qualitative study

Variables   n (%)
Gender Male 129 (98.5)
  Female 2 (1.5)
Age (years) (n = 127) Mean (S.D*) 48.1 (5.74)
  ≤ 39 8 (6.3)
  40-49 69 (54.3)
  50-58 50 (39.4)
Initial year of compensation approval (n = 130)   
  2003 77 (59.2)
  2004 22 (16.9)
  2005 9 (6.9)
  2006 4 (3.1)
  2007 9 (6.9)
  2008 3 (2.3)
  2009 2 (1.5)
  2012 4 (3.1)
Injury site (n = 137) Neck, Shoulder 70 (53.4)
  Arm, wrist, hand 8 (6.1)
  Back 57 (43.5)
  Knee, Leg 2 (1.5)
Compensation duration (month) (n = 129) Median 7.0   
  less than 3 months 23 (17.8)
  less than 6 months 36 (27.9)
  less than 12 months 54 (41.9)
  more than 12 months 16 (12.4)
Extension of compensation duration   
  No 35 (26.7)
  Once 49 (37.4)
  More than twice 47 (35.9)
Re-compensation for same disease (n = 130)   
  No 108 (83.1)
  Yes 22 (16.9)
Medical operation    
  No 106 (80.9)
  Yes 25 (19.1)
  1. Note: Numbers do not always add up to 131 because not all individuals reported each characteristic. Workers could respond more than 1 injury site.
  2. *S.D Standard deviation.
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