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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005 for the United States (FOTO), Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ), for the total patient population, patients treated for their lumbar spine and patients with ankle sprain

From: Comparing patient characteristics and treatment processes in patients receiving physical therapy in the United States, Israel and the Netherlands: Cross sectional analyses of data from three clinical databases

Total population FOTO Maccabi LiPZ P
Gender1 % male 37.2 39.6 42.0 <0.001
  % female 62.8 60.4 58.0  
Age2 % 18–44 years 33.8 35.0 40.7 <0.001
  % 45–64 years 42.7 39.3 37.9  
  % 65–74 years 13.7 15.0 11.1  
  % > 75 years 9.7 10.7 10.3  
  mean age (sd) 51.8 (16.2) 52.0 (17.0) 50.1 (17.2) <0.001
  median age 52 52 49  
Number of patients   62,798 99,541 12,193  
Lumbar spine treated
Gender3 % male 38.5 41.3 47.0 <0.001
  % female 61.5 58.7 53.0  
Age4 % 18–44 years 37.5 37.8 44.4 <0.001
  % 45–64 years 39.2 38.3 38.9  
  % 65–74 years 13.1 14.4 9.7  
  % > 75 years 10.2 9.5 7.0  
  mean age (sd) 51.0 (16.6) 51.1 (16.6) 48.7 (15.7) <0.001
  median age 50 51 47  
Number of patients   18,878 22,166 2,057  
Treated for ankle sprain
Gender % male 40.3 43.8 52.9 0.022
  % female 59.7 56.2 47.1  
Age5 % 18–44 years 58.3 64.4 64.5 <0.001
  % 45–64 years 36.1 27.5 24.5  
  % 65–74 years 3.2 5.8 7.1  
  % > 75 years 2.4 2.3 3.9  
  mean age (sd) 41.5 (14.1) 40.4 (15.3) 40.6 (16.5) 0.391
  Median age 41 38 39  
Number of patients   472 1,463 155  
  1. 1 Missing values FOTO n = 26, Maccabi = 0, LiPZ = 0
  2. 2 Missing values FOTO n = 265, Maccabi = 0, LiPZ = 0
  3. 3 Missing values FOTO n = 8, Maccabi = 1, LiPZ = 0
  4. 4 Missing values FOTO n = 1, Maccabi = 0, LiPZ = 0
  5. 5 Missing values FOTO n = 4, Maccabi = 0, LiPZ = 0