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Table 1 Characteristics of the publications and patients included in the analysis

From: Fears and beliefs of people living with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review

  All articles (N = 84) Studies employing only qualitative methodology
N = 18
Studies employing only quantitative methodology N = 58 Studies with mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methodology
N = 8
Total number of patients 24,336 334 23,539 463
Female sex N a 18,032 201 17,577 254
Age of participants (mean ± SD)a 54.9 ± 5.0 56.4 ± 7.2 54.5 ± 4.8 56.3 ± 2.1
Disease duration in years (mean ± SD) a 10.7 ± 6.0 13.9 ± 7.2 10.1 ± 5.9 11.2 ± 4.2
Method used for assessment of fears and/or beliefs
N (%) of articles using the method b
Individual interviews 17 (20.2) 13 (72.2) NA 4 (50.0)
Focus groups 5 (6.0) 4 (22.2) NA 1 (12.5)
Individual interviews and focus groups 1 (1.2) 1 (5.6) NA 0 (0.0)
Questionnaire 63 (75.0) NA 58 (100.0) 5(62.5)
  1. SD standard deviation, N number, NA non applicable
  2. aNumbers calculated on available data
  3. bThe final result can be greater than 100% since some articles employed more than one method to assess fear and/or beliefs