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Table 4 Baseline questionnaire information a (N = 1902)

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

  Randomised group
Number (%) Tele-medicine N = 950 Standard N = 952 Total N = 1902b
Car availability (n = 1892)    
   Yes 696 (74%) 681 (72%) 1377 (73%)
   No 250 (26%) 265 (28%) 515(27%)
Marital status (n = 1890)    
   Married / Co-habiting 600 (64%) 564 (59%) 1164(62%)
   Single 172(18%) 189(20%) 361 (19%)
   Divorced 97 (10%) 121 (13%) 218(11%)
   Widowed 76 (8%) 71 (8%) 147 (8%)
Currently in full time education ? (n = 1888)    
   Yes 33 (3%) 46 (5%) 79 (4%)
   No 912(97%) 897 (95%) 1809(96%)
   If no, age left education (n = 1657)    
Less than 16 years 405 (49%) 395 (48%) 800 (48%)
16 to 22 years 307 (37%) 313(38%) 620 (38%)
Older than 22 years 117(14%) 120 (14%) 237 (14%)
Ethnic group (n = 1889)    
   White 848 (90%) 835 (88%) 1683 (89%)
   Black Caribbean /African / other 20 (2%) 34 (4%) 54 (3%)
   Indian / Pakistani / Bangladeshi 22 (2%) 33 (3%) 55 (3%)
   Chinese 5 (<1%) 4 (<1%) 9 (<1%)
   Other Asian 13 (1%) 12 (1%) 25 (1%)
   Other 35 (4%) 28 (3%) 63 (3%)
Employment status (n = 1895)    
   Student 38 (4%) 44 (5%) 82 (4%)
   Full time worker 296(31%) 304 (32%) 600 (32%)
   Part time worker 134 (14%) 111 (12%) 245 (13%)
   Unemployed 84 (9%) 87 (9%) 171 (9%)
   Retired 270 (29%) 285 (30%) 555 (29%)
   Other 125 (13%) 117(12%) 242 (13%)
  1. a For children less than 16 years of age responses to these questions are those of the parent or guardian b Denominators for each item differ due to non-completion of particular questions