Table 1

Characteristics of high attenders compared to low/non attenders of the lifestyle modification program
High attenders Low/non attenders Significance
n = 117 n = 80
Demographic Characteristics
Female 78 (66.7%) 46 (57.5%) P = 0.191
Mean age (St Dev) 58.2 (5.7) 57.3 (5.6) P = 0.778
Age 40-54 25 (21.4%) 18 (22.5) P = 0.850
Age 55-64 92 (78.6) 62 (77.5)
Low deprivation area 25 (21.4%) 34 (42.5%) P = 0.001*
Moderate deprivation area 70 (59.8) 42 (52.5)
High deprivation area 22 (18.8) 4 (5.0)
Education: TAFE/University/other qualification 64 (56.6%) 50 (62.5%) P = 0.414
Employed 67 (58.8%) 62 (77.5%) P = 0.007*
Retired 23 (20.2%) 7 (8.8%)
Not working (other reasons1) 24 (21.1%) 11 (13.8%)
Primarily speak English at home 99 (85.3%) 68 (85.0%) P = 0.947
Australian Born 87 (75.0%) 58 (72.5%) P = 0.743
Patient Health Risk Profile
Blood pressure (>135/85) 14 (14.4%) 4 (7.1%) P = 0.178
Lipids (LDL > 2, HDL < 1, TG > 1.5 or TC >4) 114 (97.4%) 74 (97.4%) P = 0.977
BMI (≥25) 85 (73.3%) 61 (76.3%) P = 0.639
Diet risk 43 (38.4%) 33 (45.8%) P = 0.317
Physical inactivity 75 (64.7) 49 (62.0) P = 0.708
Alcohol risk 31 (33.3%) 28 (44.4%) P = 0.160
Tobacco 10 (8.8%) 9 (11.4%) P = 0.561
Health status excellent/very good/good 99 (85.3) 65 (81.3) P = 0.446
Psychological distress (K10score 16+) 49 (45.4%) 21 (27.3%) P = 0.012
Practice Characteristics / Factors
Urban practice 23 (19.7%) 22 (27.5%) P = 0.198
Rural practice 94 (80.3%) 58 (72.5)
Patient of practice for > 6 years 66 (61.7%) 36 (55.4%) P = 0.577
Small practice (1–2 GPs) 50 (42.7%) 26 (32.5%) P = 0.004*
Medium practice (3–4 GPs) 50 (42.7%) 26 (32.5%)
Large practice (5+ GPs) 17 (14.5%) 28 (35.0%)
Practice nurse(s) work at the practice 77 (65.8%) 60 (75.0%) P = 0.169
Practice nurse(s) has a role in preventive care 60 (52.6%) 51 (65.4%) P = 0.242
Administrative staff have a role in preventive care 104 (88.9%) 71 (88.8%) P = 0.976
Practice employs or rents rooms to allied health professionals 88 (75.2%) 48 (60%) P = 0.023*
Practice has written preventive care protocols 85 (72.6%) 52 (65.0%) P = 0.002*
Provision of PA or diet advice/referral for those at risk (quality of care indicator) 49 (45.4) 27(35.5) P = 0.182
Satisfaction with GP provision of diet and PA advice/referral for those at risk 60 (55.6) 34 (44.7) P = 0.148

*P < 0.05,1 unemployed, in full time education, unable to work due to long-term sickness/disability, home duties, other.

Laws et al.

Laws et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:201   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-201

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