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Table 1 Baseline data of study population

From: Anthroposophic therapy for chronic depression: a four-year prospective cohort study

Items Study patients German primary care patients
   N % % Source
Female gender   82/97 85% 51% [57]
Age groups 20–29 years 9/97 9% 12%  
  30–49 years 67/97 69% 32% [57]
  50–69 years 21/97 22% 23%  
Duration of depressive disorder 6–11 months 10/97 10%   
  12–23 months 7/97 7%   
  ≥ 24 months 80/97 82%   
  Study patients enrolled after 1. Jan 1999 German population
"Fachhochschule" or university entrance qualification   37/81 46% 19% [58]
University degree   13/81 16% 6% [58]
Wage earners   3/81 4% 18% [58]
Unemployed during last 12 months Economically active patients 9/70 13% 10% [58]
Living alone   16/81 20% 21% [58]
Net family income < 900 € per month   11/65 17% 16% [58]
Alcohol use daily (patients) vs. almost daily (Germany) Male 0/10 0% 28% [59]
  Female 1/71 1% 11%  
Regular smoking Male 2/10 20% 37% [60]
  Female 11/71 15% 28%  
Sports activity ≥ 1 hour weekly Age 25–69 38/79 48% 39% [61]
Body mass index < 18.5 (low) Male 0/10 0% 1% [62]
  Female 5/70 7% 4%  
Body mass index ≥ 25 (overweight) Male 0/10 0% 56% [62]
  Female 22/70 31% 39%  
Permanent work disability pension   19/81 15% 3% [63]
Severe disability status   24/81 30% 12% [64]
Sick leave days in the last 12 months (mean ± SD) Economically active patients 45 ± 82 17.0 [65]