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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of the randomized participants*

From: Effects of lifestyle physical activity on perceived symptoms and physical function in adults with fibromyalgia: results of a randomized trial

Characteristic Lifestyle Physical Activity (LPA) Fibromyalgia Education
(FME)
Pvalue
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
  1. * Data for categorical variables are presented as N' and percentages; data for continuous variables are presented as means ± standard deviation.
  2. a Obtained from self-report.
  3. FME, fibromyalgia education; LPA, lifestyle physical activity