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Table 1 Participant characteristics of the baseline ARMHS sample responding to the service utilisation questions (N = 2150)

From: Factors associated with reported service use for mental health problems by residents of rural and remote communities: cross-sectional findings from a baseline survey

Socio-demographic characteristic n (%) Current health status n (%)
Age (years):   Overall mental health:  
  18-34 157 (7.3)   Good to excellent 1851 (87)
  35-44 277 (13)   Poor/fair 279 (13)
  45-54 452 (21) Overall physical health:  
  55-64 617 (29)   Good to excellent 1690 (79)
  65+ 647 (30)   Poor/fair 439 (21)
Gender:    
  Male 853 (40) Kessler K-10 score:  
  Female 1297 (60)   10-15 1503 (71)
Education:     16-24 489 (23)
  Partial schooling 605 (28)   25-50 132 (6.2)
  Completed high school or above 1399 (65)   
  Unknown 146 (6.8) AUDIT:  
Marital status (n=2133):     0-7 1829 (86)
  Married/de facto 1590 (75)   8+ 297 (14)
  Divorced/separated 215 (10)   
  Widowed 172 (8.1) PHQ-9 symptomatology:  
  Never married 156 (7.3)   No symptoms 1718 (81)
ASGC category (Remoteness):     Depressive symptoms 415 (19)
  Inner regional 778 (36)   
  Outer regional 802 (37) Recent adverse life events:  
  Remote 406 (19)   0-2 1668 (80)
  Very remote 164 (7.6)   3-5 363 (17)
Financial position (n=2126):     >5 48 (2.3)
  Prosperous/comfortable 340 (16)   
  Reasonable 1080 (51) Smoking status:  
  Just getting along to very poor 706 (33)   No 1858 (87)
     Yes 274 (13)
  1. ARMHS, Australian Rural Mental Health Study; ASGC, Australian Standard Geographic Classification category, based on the Accessibility Remote Index of Australia (ARIA+ version); AUDIT, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test; PHQ-9, Patient Health questionnaire.
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