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Table 1 Participant characteristics, from “Before you begin” evaluation

From: Development, implementation and evaluation of an online course on evidence-based healthcare for consumers

  Completed
“Before” evaluation
Completed
“After” evaluationa
Did not complete
“After” evaluationb
No. (%)c No. (%) No. (%)
Total respondents 11,522 (100.0) 4899 (100.0) 6623 (100.0)
Aged
 Under 20 150 (1.3) 36 (0.7) 114 (1.7)
 20–29 3869 (33.6) 1788 (36.5) 2081 (31.4)
 30–39 3059 (26.6) 1308 (26.7) 1751 (26.4)
 40–49 2163 (18.8) 927 (18.9) 1236 (18.7)
 50–59 1583 (13.7) 601 (12.3) 982 (14.8)
  ≥ 60 571 (5.0) 190 (3.9) 381 (5.8)
 Prefer not to answer or no response 127 (1.1) 49 (1.0) 78 (1.2)
Sex/gender
 Female 8672 (75.3) 3927 (80.2) 4745 (71.6)
 Male 2563 (22.2) 870 (17.8) 1693 (25.6)
 Prefer not to answer or no response 287 (2.5) 102 (2.1) 185 (2.8)
Race/ethnic origine
 African American/Black 1007 (8.7) 454 (9.3) 553 (8.3)
 American Indian or Alaskan Native 35 (0.3) 14 (0.3) 21 (0.3)
 Asian or Pacific Islander 805 (7.0) 261 (5.3) 544 (8.2)
 Caucasian/White 6706 (58.2) 2806 (57.3) 3900 (58.9)
 Indian/Pakistani 477 (4.1) 116 (2.4) 361 (5.5)
 Latino, Latina/Hispanic 1361 (11.8) 891 (18.2) 470 (7.1)
 Middle Easterner 366 (3.2) 78 (1.6) 288 (4.3)
 Other 196 (1.7) 60 (1.2) 136 (2.1)
 Prefer not to answer or no response 569 (4.9) 219 (4.5) 350 (5.3)
Highest level of education completed
 Some high school, high school diploma, or equivalent 350 (3.0) 119 (2.4) 231 (3.5)
 Some college (no degree) 982 (8.5) 473 (9.7) 509 (7.7)
 Trade/technical school 77 (0.7) 27 (0.6) 50 (0.8)
 Associate degree 1209 (10.5) 778 (15.9) 431 (6.5)
 Bachelor’s degree or higher (eg, doctorate) 8687 (75.4) 3434 (70.1) 5253 (79.3)
 Prefer not to answer or no response 217 (1.9) 68 (1.4) 149 (2.2)
Employment status
 Employed for an income 7671 (66.6) 3366 (68.7) 4305 (65.0)
 Working as a volunteer 160 (1.4) 56 (1.1) 104 (1.6)
 Not employed or not working 2039 (17.7) 833 (17.0) 1206 (18.2)
 Other 1214 (10.5) 490 (10.0) 724 (10.9)
 Prefer not to answer or no response 438 (3.8) 154 (3.1) 284 (4.3)
Reason for taking the course
 Training 846 (7.3) 272 (5.6) 574 (8.7)
 Education 6412 (55.7) 3782 (77.2) 2630 (39.7)
 Personal growth 3451 (30.0) 584 (11.9) 2867 (43.3)
 Other or none of the above 679 (5.9) 197 (0.4) 482 (7.3)
 Not reported 134 (1.2) 64 (1.3) 70 (1.1)
  1. a Completed both “Before” and “After” evaluations (“course completers”)
  2. b Completed “Before” evaluation, but not “After” evaluation (“course non-completers”)
  3. c Columns may not total 100% because of rounding
  4. d All differences in participant characteristics between course completers and course non-completers were found to be significant (p < 0.001)
  5. e Race and ethnic origin were grouped together in a single question