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Table 3 Prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints i by number of body regions affected in an adult general population in Northern Norway

From: High prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints among women in a Norwegian general population: the Tromsø study

   Prevalence (%)   
N = 8,439 Total (95% CI) Women Men Gender ratio p *
No complaints 3,200 37.9 (36.9-39.0) 33.0 42.8 0.77  
1 region 1,455 17.2 (16.4-18.0) 15.5 18.9 0.82  
2 regions 1,291 15.3 (14.5-16.1) 14.6 16.0 0.91  
3 regions 931 11.0 (10.4-11.7) 11.8 10.3 1.15  
4 regions 698 8.3 (7.7-8.9) 10.2 6.4 1.59  
≥5 regions 864 10.2 (9.6-10.9) 14.9 5.6 2.66 <0.001
  1. iDefined as having pain and/or stiffness in muscles and joints at least 3 months during the previous year.
  2. *Pearson chi-square for gender difference.
  3. CI: confidence interval.
  4. The Tromsø Study.