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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of control and intervention practices and patients.

From: A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a Diabetes REcall And Management system: the DREAM trial

  Control group (n 28) Intervention group (n 30)
Practice factors at baseline
Number of partners:   
   Single-handed 9 10
   2 to 4 partners 15 16
   5 to 7 partners 4 2
   >7 partners 0 2
Number of practices with a Practice nurse 28 30
Patient factors at baseline*
Number 1934 1674
Mean (sd) age (years) 66.6 (11.3) 65.7 (11.8)
No (%) men 1001 (52%) 901 (54%)
No (%) on diet only 947 (49.1%) 980 (59.0%)
No (%) on oral hypoglycaemics (sulphonylureas, biguanides, thiazols) but not on insulin 923 (47.9%) 628 (37.8%)
No (%) on insulin 57 (3.0%) 54 (3.2%)
  1. * Data from Diabetes Register. (No data were available from the diabetes register on ethnicity, however, the proportion of people from ethnic minority groups in the study PCTs is very low.21)