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Table 3 Characteristics of participants

From: Experiences and perceptions of people with headache: a qualitative study

Participant details Headache characteristics Associated health care utilisation in last year §
ID No. Sex Age Educa-tion* Soc-ec class ** Self-reported type of headache Frequency of headache Time patient has had headaches Severity (1-mild to 4-severe) Saw GP Saw HS Saw PT Saw AT Used PM Used NPM Used AM
552 M 38 Degree 3M High BP related weekly a few years 1      
2107 F 52 High school 3N Tension-type weekly to monthly 12 years 1       
2147 F 36 High school 3N Tension-type Sinus related - 5 years 2       
2248 M 50 Degree 2 Tension-type Sinus related 3–4 times a week 30–40 years 1        
2466 F 53 High school 3N Migraine/tension-type weekly to monthly 15–20 years 2        
2843 M 46 No qual 3M Chronic daily daily 2–3 years 2        
3220 M 48 No qual 3N Tension-type daily many years 4    
4211 F 56 Voca-tional 2 Sinus related daily 7 years 2   
5316 M 51 High school 2 Migraine every 2–3 weeks 40 years 1       
5763 M 51 No qual 3M Tension-type 2–3 times a month 2 years 1       
6317 F 60 No qual 3N Migraine Daily to weekly 45 years 1      
6355 F 47 High school 2 Migraine weekly to monthly 40 years 1
8795 M 44 High school 3N Migraine/chronic daily Daily to weekly 30–40 years/2 years 2       
9029 M 65 Degree - Tension-type/eye related every 4–6 weeks many years 4     
9423 F 40 Voca-tional 3N Migraine twice a month 25 years 3   
9672 M 44 High school 3M Migraine weekly 15–20 years 2  
10063 F 50 No qual 4 Migraine - 20 years 3       
  1. Participant details and associated health care utilisation were collected as part of the postal survey in 2000. Headache characteristics were self-reported at the time of interview except for severity which was assessed using the Chronic Pain Grade during the postal survey in 2000.
  2. §Associated health care utilisation in the last year looked at whether participants had visited a general practitioner (GP), hospital specialist (HS), physical therapist (PT) or alternative therapist (AT) and whether they had used prescription medicine (PM), non-prescription medicine (NPM) or alternative medicine (AM).
  3. * Level of education (No qual = no formal education qualification)
  4. ** Socio-economic class (1 = highest social class, 5 = lowest social class. M = manual, N = non-manual)