Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 2 Demographic and clinical characteristics of study subjects*

From: Clinical characteristics and patterns of healthcare utilization in patients with painful neuropathic disorders in UK general practice: a retrospective cohort study

  Patients with painful neuropathies (N = 31,688) Comparison group (N = 31,688) P-Value
Characteristic    ---
Age group, years    
   18-44 8,621 (27.2) 8,621 (27.2)  
   45-54 6,056 (19.1) 6,056 (19.1)  
   55-64 6,577 (20.8) 6,577 (20.8)  
   ≥ 65 10,434 (32.9) 10,434 (32.9)  
   Mean (SD) 56.1 (16.6) 56.1 (16.6) ---
Sex    ---
   Males 12,178 (38.4) 12,178 (38.4)  
   Females 19,510 (61.6) 19,510 (61.6)  
Comorbidities    
   Infectious and parasitic diseases 5,822 (18.4) 3,308 (10.4) <0.01
   Neoplasms 1,787 (5.6) 1,281 (4.0) <0.01
   Any endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders 10,699 (33.8) 7,604 (24.0) <0.01
   Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs 2,487 (7.8) 1,507 (4.8) <0.01
   Any anxiety 897 (2.8) 547 (1.7) <0.01
   Any depression 1,365 (4.3) 827 (2.6) <0.01
   Any disease of the nervous system and sense organs 14,691 (46.4) 5,854 (18.5) <0.01
   Any disease of the circulatory system 9,071 (28.6) 6,837 (21.6) <0.01
   Any disease of the respiratory system 10,485 (33.1) 7,786 (24.6) <0.01
   Any disease of the digestive system 9,970 (31.5) 5,488 (17.3) <0.01
   Any disease of the genitourinary system 5,019 (15.8) 3,497 (11.0) <0.01
   Complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium 325 (1.0) 241 (0.8) <0.01
   Any disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 9,773 (30.8) 7,136 (22.5) <0.01
   Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue    
Back pain 15,444 (48.7) 693 (2.2) <0.01
Cervical pain 2,011 (6.3) 615 (1.9) <0.01
Arthritis 2,116 (6.7) 1,203 (3.8) <0.01
Fibromyalgia 76 (0.2) 11 (0.0) <0.01
Other body/joint pain 10,481 (33.1) 3,832 (12.1) <0.01
Other 1,993 (6.3) 917 (2.9) <0.01
Any disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 23,529 (74.3) 6,233 (19.7) <0.01
   Congenital anomalies 81 (0.3) 44 (0.1) <0.01
   Symptoms, signs, and ill- defined conditions    
Fatigue 16 (0.1) 12 (0.0) 0.45
Headache 392 (1.2) 79 (0.2) <0.01
Chest pain 387 (1.2) 216 (0.7) <0.01
   Abdominal pain 640 (2.0) 351 (1.1) <0.01
   Anxiety-related symptoms 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) ---
   Gastric-related symptoms 3 (0.0) 1 (0.0) 0.32
   Other 6,420 (20.3) 2,989 (9.4) <0.01
   Any symptoms, signs, and ill- 7,320 (23.1) 3,507 (11.1) <0.01
   defined conditions    
   Any injury and poisoning 2,991 (9.4) 2,021 (6.4) <0.01
   Any sleep disorder 528 (1.7) 257 (0.8) <0.01
Any of above** 31,447 (99.2) 24,768 (78.2) <0.01
Number of comorbidities**    <0.01
   0 241 (0.8) 6,920 (21.8)  
   1 3,632 (11.5) 6,757 (21.3)  
   2 4,617 (14.6) 5,648 (17.8)  
   3 4,883 (15.4) 4,222 (13.3)  
   ≥ 4 18,315 (57.8) 8,141 (25.7)  
  1. *Unless otherwise indicated, all values are number (%).
  2. **Excluding painful neuropathic disorders.