Table 2

Demographic, Social and Health Characteristics of Survey Respondents (n=102)
Demographic Attributes n %
Age group (at survey) 65-79 68 67
≥80 34 33
Gender Male 63 62
Female 39 38
Socio-economic Status and Social Attributes n %
Socio-economic Status
Pension card Yes 83 81
Income (n=92) <$20,000 p.a. 49 53
Private health insurance (n=93) Yes 22 24
Education No School Certificate or other qualification 42 41
Social Attributes
Car access No 32 31
Need regular help Yes 50 49
Have regular care Yes 65 64
Household composition Live Alone 35 34
Duke Social Support Index Items – in the previous week:
Number of times spent with friends/family you don’t live with None 25 25
Number of times talked to someone on the phone None 6 6
Number of times attended meetings, social clubs or groups None 58 57
Number of people close by that you can depend on None 8 8
mean SD
Social Network score(DSSI) 8.25 1.8
Health Attributes
Overall health rating Poor 28 28
Fair 41 40
Good/Very Good/Excellent 33 32
Falls (in last 12 months) At least 1 33 32
Quality of life Poor 16 16
Fair 32 31
Good/Very Good/Excellent 54 53
Psychological distress (K10) Well 48 47
Mild Disorder 22 22
Moderate Disorder 24 24
Severe Disorder 7 7
n %
Medication Adherence Forgetting to take medicines 19 19
Careless with taking medicines 7 7
Feel better so stopping medication 3 3
Feel worse so stopping medication 6 6
Using a Webster pack 35 34
Sometimes trouble affording medication 22 22
mean SD
Limit daily activities SF36-Physical 42.1 11.9
Medical Condition Self-management (PIH) 1.29 1.4

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Longman et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:373   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-373

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