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Table 1 Characteristics of study sites and individual participants

From: Involving patients in setting priorities for healthcare improvement: a cluster randomized trial

Sites' characteristics Intervention Control
(n = 3) (n = 3)
  Average population size 25.002 23.610
  Family physician/population ratio 1/771 1/789
  % population 65 y.o and above 15.6% 13.4%
  % population with low income 12.3% 11.3%
  % population with diabetes 6.5% 6.5%
Professionals' characteristics   Intervention Control
  (n = 44) (n = 45)
   n (%) n (%)
Age     
  20 to 44 years 21 (47.7) 19 (48.7)
  45 to 64 years 20 (45.5) 20 (51.3)
  65 years or more 3 (6.8) 0 (0.0)
Gender     
  Male 9 (20.5) 10 (23.3)
  Female 35 (79.5) 33 (76.7)
Type of work     
  Physician 6 (13.6) 6 (13.3)
  Nurse 11 (25.0) 10 (22.2)
  Allied health professional 11 (25.0) 14 (31.1)
  Manager 16 (36.4) 15 (33.3)
Patients’ characteristics   Baseline consultation Deliberation
(n = 83) (n = 17)
   n (%) n (%)
Age     
  20 to 44 years 12 (14.6) 3 (18.8)
  45 to 64 years 44 (53.7) 9 (56.3)
  65 years or more 26 (31.7) 4 (25.0)
Gender     
  Male 36 (43.4) 10 (58.8)
  Female 47 (56.6) 7 (41.2)
Family income     
  Less than 20 000 $ 16 (20.0) 3 (17.6)
  From 20 000 $ up to 39 999 $ 29 (36.3) 8 (47.1)
  From 40 000 $ up to 59 999 $ 13 (16.3) 4 (23.5)
  60 000 $ or more 22 (27.5) 2 (11.8)
Education level     
  Primary school 12 (14.8) 0 (0.0)
  High school 35 (43.2) 7 (41.2)
  College or University 34 (42.0) 10 (58.8)
Specific chronic conditions     
  Arthritis 13 (15.7) 3 (17.6)
  Cardiovascular disease 19 (22.9) 3 (17.6)
  Chronic pain 11 (13.3) 3 (17.6)
  Diabetes 30 (36.1) 2 (11.8)
  Dyslipidemia 22 (26.5) 5 (29.4)
  Hypertension 30 (36.1) 6 (35.3)
  Mood disorder 9 (10.8) 1 (5.9)
  Pulmonary disease 17 (20.5) 1 (5.9)
  Other 24 (28.9) 3 (17.6)
Number of chronic conditions     
  0 16 (19.3) 5 (29.4)
  1 21 (25.3) 5 (29.4)
  2 or more 46 (55.4) 7 (41.2)
Hospitalisations in the past 12 months     
  0 62 (76.5) 13 (76.5)
  1 10 (12.3) 2 (11.8)
  2 or more 9 (11.1) 2 (11.8)