Table 1

Socio-demographic characteristics of females with fibromyalgia at baseline

Exercise group

Control group

p Value


Age (years)a

50.7 (10.6)

50.9 (6.7)

0.935

Body mass index (kg/m2)a

28.8 (4.5)

26.6 (3.5)

0.147

Duration of symptoms (years)a

20.1 (8.0)

19.4 (6.9)

0.791

Number of tender points (1 to 18 points)a

16.9 (1.8)

17.2 (1.3)

0.563

Number of specific drugs (anti depressives, muscular relaxants, analgesics)a

1.3 (0.8)

1.5 (0.8)

0.379

Employment status, n (%):b

0.750

Blue collar

8 (53.3)

6 (40.0)

White collar

2 (13.3)

3 (20.0)

Unemployed

5 (33.3)

6 (40.0)

Education level, n:b

0.184

Unfinished studies

1 (6.7)

1 (6.7)

Primary school

9 (60.0)

6 (40.0)

Secondary school

1 (6.7)

6 (40.0)

University degree

4 (26.7)

2 (13.3)


aValues expressed as mean (SD), p values from analysis of variance (ANOVA); bp values from analysis of Chi-square.

Gusi and Tomas-Carus Arthritis Research & Therapy 2008 10:R24   doi:10.1186/ar2377

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