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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the sample

From: The influence of social support on healthcare service use following transport-related musculoskeletal injury

  N (column %) (n = 1649)
Gender  
 Male 965 (58.5 %)
 Female 684 (41.5 %)
Age groupa  
 16–24 176 (10.7 %)
 25–34 307 (18.6 %)
 35–44 365 (22.1 %)
 45–54 392 (23.8 %)
 55–64 247 (15.0 %)
 65+ 149 (9.0 %)
Marital statusa  
 Married or in de facto relationship 896 (54.3 %)
 Widowed/Separated/Divorced 284 (17.2 %)
 Never married 459 (27.8 %)
Childrena  
 Yes 918 (55.7 %)
 No 717 (43.5 %)
Family compositiona  
 Married or in de facto relationship with children 511 (31.0 %)
 Married or in de facto with no children 382 (23.2 %)
 Widowed/separated/divorced with children 129 (7.8 %)
 Widowed/separated/divorced with no children 154 (9.3 %)
 Never married with children 276 (16.7 %)
 Never married with no children 176 (10.7 %)
Educational levela  
 University level education 373 (22.6 %)
 Less than University level education 1252 (75.9 %)
Country of birtha  
 Australia 1243 (75.4 %)
 Others 397 (24.1 %)
SEIFAa  
 Upper 50 % (relative advantage) 1005 (60.9 %)
 Lower 50 % (relative disadvantage) 631 (38.3 %)
Employed at the time of accidenta  
 Yes 1320 (80.0 %)
 No 325 (19.7 %)
Occupationa,b  
 Managers 136 (10.3 %)
 Professionals 233 (17.7 %)
 Technicians and trade workers 293 (22.2 %)
 Community/personal service workers 166 (12.6 %)
 Clerical/administration workers 132 (10.0 %)
 Sales workers 95 (7.2 %)
 Machine operators/drivers 100 (7.6 %)
 Labourers 158 (12.0 %)
Injury types  
 Dislocation 119 (7.2 %)
 Fracture 932 (56.5 %)
 Soft tissue 517 (31.4 %)
 Sprain/strain 81 (4.9 %)
PCS score (mean and sd) 43.6 (7.2)
MCS score (mean and sd) 42.2 (9.8)
Hospitalisation (within 7 days of accident)  
 Yes 953 (57.8 %)
 No 696 (42.2 %)
Health prior to accident a  
 Excellent 704 (42.7 %)
 Very good 643 (39.0 %)
 Good 241 (14.6 %)
 Fair 46 (2.8 %)
 Poor 13 (0.8 %)
Time post-injury  
 0–12 months 362 (22.0 %)
 13–24 months 565 (34.3 %)
 25–36 months 379 (23.0 %)
 37+ months 343 (20.8 %)
Family supporta  
 Definitely 1087 (66.2 %)
 Yes, sometimes 307 (18.7 %)
 Not often 98 (6.0 %)
 No, not at all 150 (9.1 %)
Friends’ supporta  
 Definitely 942 (57.7 %)
 Yes, sometimes 444 (27.2 %)
 Not often 112 (6.9 %)
 No, not at all 135 (8.3 %)
  1. aData missing ranging from 0.1 to 1.5 %
  2. bRestricted to those who were employed at the time of the accident