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Table 1 Characteristics of the study sample (n = 1021)

From: Health service utilization patterns of primary care patients with osteoarthritis

   Mean/n SD/%
Female 674 66.0%
Age 66.1 15.1
Duration of OA (years) 13.7 12.8
Body Mass Index (BMI) 28.2 4.9
Married/Living in partnership 654 64.1%
Years of education >=9 720 71.9%
  10–13 years 156 15.6%
  > 13 years 125 12.5%
Visits in the last 6 months GPs 5.1 7.9
  Orthopeadists 1.8 3.6
  Alternative healers 0.30 2.7
OA related prescriptions 1.7 0.8
No. of comorbid conditions (0–10) 2.2 1.7
  High blood pressure 565 55.3%
  Elevated cholesterol 369 36.1%
  Diabetes 177 17.3%
  Heart Insufficiency 194 19.0%
  Coronary vessel disease 132 12.9%
  Ulcer/Gastritis 223 21.8%
  Asthma/COPD 98 9.6%
  Renal Insufficiency 56 5.5%
  Cancer 37 3.6%
  Stroke 46 4.5%