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Table 2 Survey participant characteristics

From: Introducing the chronic disease self-management program in Switzerland and other German-speaking countries: findings of a cross-border adaptation using a multiple-methods approach

Characteristics Participants at the start of workshop (n = 278)
Average age 58.3 yrs (20–87)
Sexa  
 Female 242 (88.3 %)
 Male 32 (11.7 %)
Family status  
 Married 124 (44.6 %)
 Cohabitating 22 (7.9 %)
 Divorced 45 (16.2 %)
 Widowed 29 (10.4 %)
 Single 48 (17.3 %)
 Partnership 6 (2.2 %)
 Not specified 4 (1.4 %)
Employmentb  
 Unskilled worker 16 (5.9 %)
 Trained employee 101 (37.5 %)
 Freelance/self-employed 34 (12.6 %)
 Apprenticeship 10 (3.7 %)
 Retired 136 (50.6 %)
 Incapacitated for work 32 (11.9 %)
 House wife/husband 77 (28.6 %)
Healthb  
 Chronic back pain 97 (35.1 %)
 Arthritis 80 (29.0 %)
 Other musculoskeletal disease 42 (15.2 %)
 Mental health disease 59 (21.4 %)
 Diabetes 39 (14.2 %)
 Cardiovascular disease 25 (9.1 %)
Living with chronic conditionsb  
 Chronically ill 241 (87.0 %)
 Significant other, friend 84 (30.3 %)
 Health professional 60 (21.7 %)
 Spouse living with chronic condition 38 (13.7 %)
  1. an = 274, missing data; bmultiple answers possible