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Table 1 Participant characteristics

From: “The medications are the decision-makers…” Making reproductive and medication use decisions among female patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a constructivist grounded theory

Characteristics Statistic
Age (years), mean (range) 34 (21–46)
Years diagnosed with RA, median (IQR) 10 (2–16)
Language, n (%)  
 English 20 (95)
 French 1 (5)
Canadian province of residence, n (%)  
 British Columbia 9 (43)
 Ontario 7 (33)
 Nova Scotia 2 (10)
 Other (i.e. Alberta, New Brunswick, Québec) 3 (14)
Geographic residencea  
 Rural 5 (24)
 Urban 16 (76)
Ancestry, n (%)b  
 White 15 (71)
 Asian 5 (24)
 Black 1 (5)
 Hispanic 1 (5)
 Indigenous 1 (5)
Highest level of education, n(%)  
 Post-secondary (university, college, technical school, etc.) 21 (100)
Current employment status, n (%)b  
 Employed full time (40 or more hours per week) 14 (67)
 Student 4 (19)
 Employed part time (less than 40 hours per week) 2 (10)
 Unable to work 2 (10)
 Unemployed and looking for work 1 (5)
Household income (CAD dollars), n (%)c  
 150,000 and over 5 (25)
 120,000 to 150,000 2 (10)
 90,000 to 120,000 6 (30)
 60,000 to 90,000 2 (10)
 30,000 to 60,000 5 (25)
Current members of household, median (IQR) 3 (2 – 4)
Marital status, n (%)  
 Married 13 (62)
 Common-law or co-habiting 5 (24)
 Single, never married 3 (14)
Plan to have future children, n (%) 12 (57)
Future family planning options considered, n (%)b  
 Childbearing 12 (100)
 Adoption 5 (42)
 Other (i.e. surrogacy or assisted fertilisation) 4 (33)
Medications taken for RA, n (%)b, d  
Traditional DMARDs  
  Antimalarials (i.e. hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine) 19 (91)
  Methotrexate 15 (71)
  Sulfasalazine 14 (67)
  Leflunomide 4 (19)
  Azathioprine 2 (10)
  Gold salts 1 (5)
  Cyclosporine 1 (5)
Targeted DMARDs  
  Anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents 13 (62)
  Others (e.g. abatacept, rituximab, tocilizumab, tofacitinib) 7 (33)
  1. aRural is defined as less than 400 people per square kilometre. Urban is define as more than 400 people per square kilometre
  2. bCumulative percentage may be greater than 100, as multiple categories may be relevant to each participant
  3. cMissing response from one participant
  4. dDefined as any medication the participant has been exposed over the course of their RA treatment