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Table 1 Characteristics of children assessed by the RNHRD between 2006 and 2009 and characteristics of children interviewed for qualitative analysis.

From: What stops children with a chronic illness accessing health care: a mixed methods study in children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)

  Interviewed Not interviewed P-value*
Female N (%) 8 5 (62.5%) 397 281 (70.8%) 0.70
Severity of illness N (%)      
Mild/moderate 8 4 (57.1%) 397 259 (68.0%) 0.72
Severe 8 3 (42.9%) 397 122 (32.0%)  
Age (years), mean (SD), 8 11.9 (4.3) 397 13.8 (2.5) 0.03
Fatigue (0 - 33), mean (SD) 8 24.3 (5.5) 382 24.0 (5.0) 0.90
SF-36 (0 - 100), mean (SD) 8 19.9 (5.9) 383 20.8 (5.0) 0.60
No. of Symptoms (0 - 14), mean (SD) 7 9.7 (2.1) 389 8.4 (2.5) 0.17
Depression (HADS) (0 - 21) mean (SD) 5 8.0 (4.6) 289 7.0 (3.6) 0.56
Anxiety (HADS) (0 - 21) mean (SD) 5 9.4 (6.5) 288 8.6 (4.2) 0.66
Anxiety (SCAS) (0 - 90) mean (SD) 7 32.7 (13.9) 358 29.7 (18.3) 0.66
Months to assessment, median (IQR) 8 9 (7.5 - 12.5) 397 13 (8 - 24) 0.09
  1. * Fisher's exact test for comparison of proportions, Student's t test for comparison of mean values, Mann-Whitney two-sample test for comparison of medians.