Table 2

Demographic and long-term characteristics of the survey sample
Number (%)
Mean (SD)
Range
*Demographic characteristics:
Female 102 (52.8)
Age (years) 62.8 (14.3)
22–88
White 172 (89.7)
No qualifications 71 (37.5)
Retired from paid work 102 (53.1)
Home owner 110 (57.3)
Long-term characteristics:
Diabetes 91 (46.2)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 26 (13.2)
Coronary heart disease 33 (16.8)
Irritable bowel syndrome or abdominal (tummy) problems 43 (21.8)
Chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis or fibromyalgia 6 (3.0)
Arthritis or painful joints, back trouble, osteoporosis 103 (52.3)
Heart problems or high blood pressure 104 (52.8)
Anxiety, depression or stress 53 (26.9)
Multiple sclerosis 2 (1.0)
Asthma 31 (15.7)
Other long-term condition (not listed) 49 (24.9)
Number of long-term conditions 2.8 (1.5)
1–5

Note: *Demographic characteristics that represent our sample from the following categories: Abbreviation; Female, Gender; White, Ethnic group; No qualifications, Educational attainment; Retired from paid work, Current work; Home owner, Current accommodation.

Small et al.

Small et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:263   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-263

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