Table 1

Demographic data of the participants in each country

Demographic dataAustriaRomaniaSwedenSwitzerland
N20101716
Women (%)14 (70)10 (100)15 (88)14 (88)
Age (years, median (range))63 (33–85)42 (30–56)57 (30–78)62 (38–80)
Disease duration (years, median (range))8 (2–15)6 (0.5–13)10 (3–32)16 (2.5–48)
Diffuse/limited SSc defined according to LeRoy et al3210/106/44/135/11
  • Because of the small sample size and the focus on the qualitative analysis in this study, no comparative statistics were calculated.

  • Disease duration refers to the period of time since the first non-Raynaud's manifestation.

  • SSc, systemic sclerosis.