Table 1

Client and community health service characteristics, 2009–10, NSW, Australia (N = 1284)
Characteristic Participants n (%)
Service type
  Aged care 66 (5.1)
  Allied health 300 (23.4)
  Community child and family healtha 203 (15.8)
  Community nurses and other nursing services 434 (33.8)
  Diabetes 106 (8.3)
  Otherb 175 (13.6)
Gender
  Female 831 (64.7)
Age
  <40 304 (23.7)
  40-49 93 (7.2)
  50-59 145 (11.3)
  60+ 742 (57.8)
SEIFA Index of Disadvantagec
  Lower 989 (77.0)
  Higher 295 (23.0)
Client remoteness (ARIA)d
  Major cities 314 (24.5)
  Regional/remote towns 970 (75.6)
Number of visits to service in prior 12 monthse
  1 312 (24.4)
  2-4 312 (24.4)
  5-11 335 (26.2)
  12+ 321 (25.1)
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanderf
  Yes 44 (3.4)
Marital statusg
  Living with partner 752 (58.6)
Educationh
  Some high school or less 361 (28.2)
  Completed high school 612 (47.8)
  Technical certificate or diploma 171 (13.4)
  University or college degree, or higher 137 (10.7)
Employment
  Employed 263 (20.5)
  Unemployed (or unable to work due to health reasons) 150 (11.7)
  Retired 655 (51.0)
  Other (e.g. student, home duties) 216 (16.8)
Number of conditions in the prior two months for which client needed to take medication or receive medical attentioni
  0 192 (19.0)
  1 336 (33.2)
  2 196 (19.4)
  3 134 (13.2)
  4 or more 154 (15.2)

aClients over 18 years of age (e.g. the parent of the child seeing the service).

bOther service types include: rehabilitation, chronic and complex care, women’s services, migrant services, renal/dialysis, and regional health service programs.

c2006 index of relative socio-economic advantage/disadvantage calculated using client postcodes, based on a continuum of advantage (high values, referring to the higher NSW half [>991]) and disadvantage (low values, referring to the lower NSW half [<=991]) [57].

dAccess/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA)[58] and was calculated using client postcodes.

eCategories based on quartiles. 4 missing values.

f2 missing values.

g1 missing value.

h3 missing values.

i272 missing values.

McElwaine et al.

McElwaine et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:167   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-167

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