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Table 1 Baseline data stratified by experienced clinical reduction in the four symptom scales and overall composite scale

From: Factors associated with a clinically relevant reduction in menopausal symptoms of a standardized acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms

  Total Hot flushes
Clinical reduction
Day-and-night sweats
Clinical reduction
General sweating
Clinical reduction
Menopausal-specific sleeping problems
Clinical reduction
Overall
Clinical reduction
   Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No
Total, n 67 43 24 33 34 19 48 40 27 32 35
Age, mean (sd) 54.81 (4.53) 54.86 (4.03) 54.71 (5.41) 55.06 (4.17) 54.56 (4.91) 54.63 (4.54) 54.88 (4.58) 54.65 (4.24) 55.04 (5.01) 55.03 (4.46) 54.6 (4.65)
Employment, n (%)
 Employed 60 (89.55) 39 (90.7) 21 (87.5) 30 (90.91) 30 (88.24) 17 (89.47) 43 (89.58) 36 (90) 24 (88.89) 28 (87.5) 32 (91.43)
 Unemployed 7 (10.45) 4 (9.3) 3 (12.5) 3 (9.09) 4 (11.76) 2 (10.53) 5 (10.42) 4 (10) 3 (11.11) 4 (12.5) 3 (8.57)
Education, n (%)
 Vocational 16 (23.88) 16 (37.21) 0 (0) 11 (33.33) 5 (14.71) 6 (31.58) 10 (20.83) 14 (35) 2 (7.41) 13 (40.63) 3 (8.57)
 Short or medium cycle higher education 7 (10.45) 3 (6.98) 4 (16.67) 3 (9.09) 4 (11.76) 3 (15.79) 4 (8.33) 3 (7.5) 4 (14.81) 3 (9.38) 4 (11.43)
 Long cycle higher education 35 (52.24) 19 (44.19) 16 (66.67) 14 (42.42) 21 (61.76) 8 (42.11) 27 (56.25) 17 (42.5) 18 (66.67) 11 (43.38) 24 (68.57)
 Other 9 (13.43) 5 (11.63) 4 (16.67) 5 (15.15) 4 (11.76) 2 (10.53) 7 (14.58) 6 (15) 3 (11.11) 5 (15.63) 4 (11.43)
Household
 Living alone 5 (7.46) 4 (9.3) 1 (4.17) 2 (6.06) 3 (8.82) 1 (5.26) 4 (8.33) 5 (12.5) 0 3 (9.38) 2 (5.71)
 Living with others 62 (92.54) 39 (90.7) 23 (95.83) 31 (93.94) 31 (91.18) 18 (94.74) 44 (91.67) 35 (87.5) 27 (100) 29 (90.63) 33 (94.29)
Physical activity, n (%)
 No physical activity 10 (14.93) 4 (9.3) 6 (25) 4 (12.12) 6 (17.65) 1 (5.26) 9 (18.75) 5 (12.5) 5 (18.52) 4 (12.5) 6 (17.14)
 1–3 times per week 40 (59.7) 30 (69.77) 10 (41.67) 20 (60.61) 20 (58.82) 12 (63.16) 28 (58.33) 26 (65) 14 (51.85) 20 (62.5) 20 (57.14)
  ≥ 4 times per week 17 (25.37) 9 (20.93) 8 (33.33) 9 (27.27) 8 (23.53) 6 (31.58) 11 (22.92) 9 (22.5) 8 (29.63) 8 (25) 9 (25.71)
Smoking, n (%)
 Yes 3 (4.48) 2 (4.65) 1 (4.17) 2 (6.06) 1 (2.94) 0 3 (6.25) 2 (5) 1 (3.7) 2 (6.25) 1 (2.86)
 No 64 (95.52) 41 (95.35) 23 (95.83) 31 (93.94) 33 (97.06) 19 (100) 45 (93.75) 38 (95) 26 (96.3) 30 (93.75) 34 (97.14)
Alcohol, n (%)
 No alcohol 9 (13.43) 9 (20.93) 0 5 (15.15) 4 (11.76) 3 (15.79) 6 (12.5) 8 (20) 1 (3.7) 6 (18.75) 3 (8.57)
  ≤ 14 unites per week 45 (67.16) 28 (65.12) 17 (70.83) 24 (72.73) 21 (61.76) 15 (78.95) 30 (62.5) 26 (65) 19 (70.37) 22 (68.75) 23 (65.71)
  > 14 units per week 13 (19.4) 6 (13.95) 7 (29.17) 4 (12.12) 9 (26.47) 1 (5.26) 12 (25) 6 (15) 7 (25.93) 4 (12.5) 9 (25.71)
Body mass index, mean (sd) 25.21 (4.3) 25.51 (4.57) 24.67 (3.8) 25.05 (5.03) 25.36 (3.52) 25.07 (3.62) 25.26 (4.58) 25.45 (4.29) 24.84 (4.37) 25.54 (5.04) 24.9 (3.54)
Menstruation in the last year, n (%)
 Yes 18 (26.87) 12 (27.91) 6 (25) 10 (30.30) 8 (23.53) 7 (36.84) 11 (22.92) 11 (27.5) 7 (25.93) 8 (25) 10 (28.57)
 No 49 (73.13) 31 (72.09) 18 (75) 23 (69.70) 26 (76.47) 12 (63.16) 37 (77.08) 29 (72.5) 20 (74.07) 24 (75) 25 (71.43)
Number of births, n (%)
 None 4 (5.97) 2 (4.65) 2 (8.33) 1 (3.03) 3 (8.82) 0 4 (8.33) 2 (5) 2 (7.41) 2 (6.25) 2 (5.71)
 One 13 (19.4) 7 (16.28) 6 (25) 4 (12.12) 9 (26.47) 2 (10.53) 11 (22.92) 8 (20) 5 (18.52) 5 (15.63) 8 (22.86)
 Two 36 (53.73) 24 (55.81) 12 (50) 19 (57.58) 17 (50) 14 (73.68) 22 (45.83) 21 (52.5) 15 (55.56) 18 (56.25) 18 (51.43)
 More than two 14 (20.9) 10 (23.26) 4 (16.67) 9 (27.27) 5 (14.71) 3 (15.79) 11 (22.92) 9 (22.5) 5 (18.52) 7 (21.88) 7 (20)
Urinary Incontinence, n (%)
 No 23 (34.33) 17 (39.53) 6 (25) 15 (45.45) 8 (23.53) 4 (21.05) 19 (39.58) 14 (35) 9 (33.33) 14 (43.75) 9 (25.71)
 Yes 44 (65.67) 26 (60.47) 18 (75) 18 (54.55) 26 (76.47) 15 (78.95) 29 (60.42) 26 (65) 18 (66.67) 18 (56.25) 26 (74.29)
Chronic disease, n (%)
 Yes 13 (19.4) 8 (18.6) 5 (20.83) 7 (21.21) 6 (17.65) 4 (21.05) 9 (18.75) 6 (15) 7 (25.93) 6 (18.75) 7 (20)
 No 54 (80.6) 35 (81.4) 19 (79.17) 26 (78.79) 28 (82.35) 15 (78.95) 39 (81.25) 34 (85) 20 (74.07) 26 (81.25) 28 (80)
Current use of alternative treatment, n (%)
 Yes 50 (74.63) 31 (72.09) 19 (79.17) 23 (69.70) 27 (79.41) 16 (84.21) 34 (70.83) 26 (65.00) 24 (88.89) 23 (71.88) 27 (77.14)
 No 17 (25.37) 12 (27.91) 5 (20.83) 10 (30.30) 7 (20.59) 3 (15.79) 14 (29.17) 14 (35.00) 3 (11.11) 9 (28.13) 8 (22.86)
Duration of hot flushes, mean (sd) 4.1 (3.48) 3.69 (3.53) 4.82 (3.35) 4.14 (4.13) 4.05 (2.78) 3.62 (3.65) 4.29 (3.44) 4.22 (3.76) 3.91 (3.08) 4.31 (4.12) 3.9 (2.82)
Allocation status, n (%)
 Control 31 (46.27) 17 (39.53) 14 (58.33) 16 (48.48) 15 (44.12) 9 (47.37) 22 (45.83) 16 (40) 15 (55.56) 14 (43.75) 17 (48.57)
 Intervention 36 (53.73) 26 (60.47) 10 (41.67) 17 (51.52) 19 (55.88) 10 (52.63) 26 (54.17) 24 (60) 12 (44.44) 18 (56.25) 18 (51.43)