Table 1

Patient characteristics of the study population. Response rate to the baseline questionnaire was 96% (n = 335)

Patients (n) %
Sex (male)14644
Previous episodes of shoulder complaints15446
Duration of current episode at baseline
 < 1 week4814
 1 week–1 month12237
 1 month–6 months11534
 > 6 months5015
Acute onset16048
Diagnosis at baseline1-150
 Capsular syndrome7522
 Acute bursitis5617
 Acromioclavicular syndrome144
 Subacromial syndrome15948
Age (y)Mean 49.6SD 14.4
  • 1-150 Diagnostic criteria were based on guidelines issued by the Dutch College of General Practitioners. Detailed information can be found elsewhere.22