Table 2

Baseline characteristics of the randomized participants*

Characteristic

Lifestyle Physical Activity (LPA)

Fibromyalgia Education

(FME)

P value


N (%) of participants

46 (55)

38 (45)

Age, years

46.4 ± 11.6

49.0 ± 10.2

0.287

Female, N (%)

43 (94)

38 (100)

0.248

Self-reported race, N (%)

0.789

White

36 (78)

31 (82)

Non-White

10 (22)

7 (18)

Marital status, N (%)

0.519

Married or cohabitating

24 (52)

24 (63)

Widowed, divorced, or separated

12 (27)

11 (29)

Single

10 (22)

3 (8)

Educational level, N (%)

0.454

Postgraduate

9 (20)

5 (13)

College graduate

16 (34)

11 (32)

Some college

11 (24)

13 (34)

High school

10 (22)

8 (21)

Employment status, N (%)

0.923

Employed

20 (43)

18 (47)

Unemployed or Disabled

11 (24)

9 (24)

Retired or Other

15 (33)

11 (29)

Years since diagnosisa

5.9 ± 5.1

9.6 ± 6.8

0.007

Steps per day

3,788 ± 2,135

3,071 ± 1,810

0.139

Taking FM medications, N (%)a

31 (82)

40 (87)

0.498

Taking other medications, N (%)a

33 (87)

44 (96)

0.146


* Data for categorical variables are presented as N' and percentages; data for continuous variables are presented as means ± standard deviation.

a Obtained from self-report.

FME, fibromyalgia education; LPA, lifestyle physical activity

Fontaine et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2010 12:R55   doi:10.1186/ar2967

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