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Table 3 Patients included in the trial (N = 2094)a

From: Design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint tele-consultations [ISRCTN54264250]

Number (%) /mean (SD) Randomised group
  Tele-medicine N = 1051 Standard N = 1043 Total N = 2094
LONDON (N = 1232)    
Specialty    
   Orthopaedics 185 (30%) 190(31%) 375 (30%)
   Urology 117(19%) 113(18%) 230 (19%)
   ENT 109(18%) 111 (18%) 220(18%)
   Gastroenterology 117(19%) 121 (20%) 238 (19%)
   Endocrinology 42 (7%) 28 (4%) 70 (6%)
   Rheumatology 46 (7%) 53 (9%) 99 (8%)
Sex    
   Male 301 (49%) 291 (47%) 592 (48%)
   Female 315(51%) 325 (53%) 640 (52%)
Age (at randomisation in years)    
   Mean (SD) 49 (20) 48 (20) 48 (20)
Age grouping    
   Adults 578 (94%) 577 (94%) 1155(94%)
   Children (<16 years) 38 (6%) 39 (6%) 77 (6%)
WALES (N = 862)    
Specialty    
   Neurology 43 (10%) 38 (9%) 81 (9%)
   Urology 29 (7%) 35 (8%) 64 (8%)
   ENT 186(43%) 179 (42%) 365 (42%)
   Gastroenterology General Medicine 98 (22%) 79 (18%) 95 (22%) 80 (19%) 193 (23%) 159(18%)
Sex    
   Male 208 (48%) 217(51%) 425 (49%)
   Female 227 (52%) 210(49%) 437(51%)
Age (at randomisation in years)    
   Mean (SD) 47(21) 48 (22) 48(21)
Age grouping    
   Adults 384 (88%) 385 (90%) 769 (89%)
   Children (<16 years) 51 (12%) 42 (10%) 93(11%)
  1. a excludes 36 patients randomised in error