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Table 2 Study population characteristics (mean (SD)) for self-reported physical and mental function, physical limitations and work status

From: Long-term effects of group exercise intervention on maximal step-up height in middle-aged female primary care patients with obesity and other cardio-metabolic risk factors

aSF-36 score mean (SD)T0T0 — T1T0 — T2
Physical
 PF-Physical Function67.1(17.8)5.9(14.6) ***5.4(17.2)**
 RP-Role Limitation Physical35.4(39.1)6.4(35.8)12.6(45.4)**
 BP-Bodily pain39.7(20.8)9.3(17.5)***6.8(22.6)**
 GH-General Health45.2(19.0)7.6(17.3)***7.4(20.5)**
Mental
 VT-Vitality36.2(22.0)13.5(20.6)***10.5(24.5)***
 SF-Social Function65.6(27.0)9.4(23.4)***6.4(31.1)*
 RE-Role Limitation Emotional53.5(46.0)8.6(41.8)*11.9(46.3)*
 MH-Mental health63.8(22.7)5.5(19.6)**6.8(23.9)**
bPF, items limitation Severely (%) / somewhat (%) / not (%)T0T1T2
3b15 / 63 / 237 / 61 / 3315 / 50 / 36
3d18 / 45 / 388 / 49 / 449 / 48 / 44
3f19 / 43 / 3913 / 49 / 3919 / 36 / 46
3 g17 / 35 / 498 / 27 / 6610 / 27 / 64
without any item limitations7 (7%)17 (17%)21 (21%)
≥ 1 item severely limited38 (38%)25 (25%)35 (35%)
cWork status, % / % / %T0 T0 — T2
working/ applying for job/ studying (≥ 50%)62 / 8 / 3 −11 / 4 / -2
sick leave (%), 25 / 50 / 75 / 1005 / 12 / 1 / 31 −3 / -7 / 1 / -13
sickness benefit/ sickness pension3 / 9 3 / 2
age pension/ housewife (100%)14 / 2 4 / 0
  1. Time points: T0 = baseline values in a lifestyle and exercise intervention program in female primary care patients (n = 101), T1 = follow-up after 3 months with mostly mixed aerobic fitness and strength training, T2 = 14–30-month follow-up after 3 months with self-reported exercise/ physical activity registered from diaries, mostly brisk walking. aSF-36, with eight domains of health status, and summary scores of physical and mental components 0–100, with higher scores representing a better health status score. bPF (SF-36) item 3b, 3d, 3f, 3 g; with per cent of patients severely limited/ somewhat limited/ not limited. 3b: activities such as lifting a table, vacuum cleaning, walking in the forest and gardening; 3d: activities such as climbing several flights of stairs; 3f: activities such as bending, kneeling or stooping; and 3 g: activities such as walking more than 2 km. cCapacity for work, full and part-time reported, categorised as working/ applying for job/ studying when ≥50% and as sickness benefit/ sickness pension if > 50%. Work status is presented as proportions of the study population (%). Standard deviation = (SD). * Denotes p-level < 0.05; ** denotes p-level < 0.01; *** denotes p-level < 0.001