Table 2.

Baseline characteristics of patients allocated manual therapy, physiotherapy, or general practitioner care for neck pain. Values are numbers (percentages) of patients unless stated otherwise

Outcome measureManual therapy (n=60)Physiotherapy (n=59)General practitioner care (n=64)
Mean (SD) age (years)44.6 (12.4)45.9 (11.9)45.9 (10.5)
Female34 (57)41 (70)36
In paid work47 (78)42 (71)46 (72)
Duration of neck pain:
2-6 weeks29 (48)27 (46)32 (50)
7-12 weeks13 (22)15 (25)20 (31)
≥13 weeks18 (30)17 (29)12 (19)
Previous neck pain38 (63)35 (59)46 (72)
Previous treatment for neck pain42 (70)34 (58)43 (67)