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Table 4 Patient characteristics

From: A comparative case study of prescribing and non-prescribing physiotherapists and podiatrists

  Physiotherapy
n (%)
Podiatry
n (%)
Total
n = number of responses
% of total sample
Professional group     
Which professional consulted 135 (42.86%) 180 (57.14%) 315 100%
Gender    n = 254  
Male 34 (30.4%) 55 (38.7%) 89 35%
Female 78 (69.6%) 87 (61.3%) 165 65%
Age    
Physiotherapy group: n = 111, mean 59.7, SD 16.6, (range 17.6–100.98)
Podiatry group: n = 139, mean 67.1, SD 16.16, (range 16.17–94.32)
Total: n = 250, mean 63.8, SD 16.7
Living arrangements    n = 257  
Live alone 19 (17.4%) 32 (21.6%) 51 19.8%
Live with other adult(s) 90 (82.6%) 94 (63.5) 184 71.6%
Care home resident 0 22 (14.9%) 22 8.6%
Type of accommodation    n = 276  
Owner occupied house/flat 97 (82.2%) 104 (65.8%) 201 72.8%
Privately rented house/flat 12 (1.02%) 12 (7.6%) 24 8.7%
Local authority/housing association/cooperative 9 (7.6%) 13 (8.2%) 22 8%
Residential or care home, hospice 0 29 (18.4%) 29 1.05%
Employment group    n = 262  
In paid or voluntary employment 46 (41.1%) 40 (26.7%) 86 32.8%
Unemployed/student/at home/sick 15 (13.4%) 12 (8%) 27 10.3%
Retired 51 (45.5%) 98 (65.3%) 149 56.9%
Educated beyond 18 years    n = 274  
Yes 32 (27.4%) 51 (32.5%) 83 30.3%
No 85 (72.6%) 106 (67.5%) 191 69.7%
Ethnic group    n = 283  
White 117 (96.7%) 160 (98.8%) 277 97.9%
Other 4 (3.3%) 2 (1.2%) 6 2.1%