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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study population grouped into control and test group, at V1 (N = 153) and an inter-group comparison

From: Improved adherence with Medicines Use Review service in Slovenia: a randomized controlled trial

Baseline characteristics Control group (N = 76) Test group (N = 77) p value
Age [years; mean (SD) and range] 67.8 (9.56) 41–89 68.7 (10.3) 39–86 0.479
Gender [female; n/%] 38 50.0 49 63.6 0.089
Employment status [retireda; n/%] 63 82.9 67 87.0 0.356
Education [n/%]
Elementary school 14 18.4 13 16.9 0.775
High school 36 47.4 41 53.2
College 15 19.7 13 16.9
University 10 13.2 9 11.7
Do not want to answer 1 1.3 1 1.3
Number of Rx medicines for regular use [median and range] 7 2–13 7 2–13 0.644
Number of units of medicines per day [median and range] 8 2–23 8 2–21 0.970
How many times per day patients take their medicines [n/%]
Once per day 1 1.0 2 3.0 0.970
Twice per day 46 61.0 41 53.0
Three times per day 27 36.0 32 42.0
Four times per day 2 3.0 2 3.0
Different pharmaceutical forms [n/%]
Different pharmaceutical forms 33 43.0 41 53.0 0.224
Only tablets and capsules 43 57.0 36 47.0
(Co)paying for medicines [yes; n/%] 47 61.8 37 48.1 0.087
Help with medicines use [yes; n/%] 7 9.2 8 10.4 0.806
Self-reported current health status [n/%]
Very poor 0 0.0 3 3.9 0.999
Poor 5 6.6 5 6.5
Medium 47 61.8 43 55.8
Good 20 26.3 23 29.9
Very good 2 2.6 2 2.6
Don’t want to answer 2 2.6 1 1.3
  1. aone patient in test group (1.13%) did not wish to answer