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Table 1 Characteristics of participants included in (n = 1,627) and participants excluded (n = 310) from the analyses

From: General practitioner advice on physical activity: Analyses in a cohort of older primary health care patients (getABI)

  included excluded
  n % n %
Outcome     
Receiving general practitioner advice on physical activity 534 32.8 76 32.8
Socio-demographic variables     
Male sex 773 47.5 131 42.3
Age ≥ 80 years 545 33.5 118 38.1
Place of birth Germany 1474 90.6 291 93.9
Education level higher than basic secondary school qualification 670 41.2 108 37.8
Cardiovascular risk factors     
Currently smoking (baseline) 110 6.8 17 5.5
Waist circumferencea: women ≥ 88 cm; men ≥ 102 cm 1024 62.9 170 66.9
Medical conditions and medication     
Hypertension 1046 64.3 201 65.3
Coronary heart disease and/or myocardial infarction 408 25.1 90 29.2
Chronic heart failure 303 18.6 67 21.8
Diabetes mellitus 406 25.0 73 23.7
Peripheral arterial disease 190 11.7 39 12.7
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 185 11.4 53 17.2
Arthritis (degenerative or rheumatoid) 568 34.9 120 39.0
Osteoporosis 209 12.8 65 21.1
> 5 medications 846 52.0 195 63.1
> 3 GP visits (preceding 3 months) 321 19.7 90 29.9
Need for walking aid 254 15.6 73 24.0
Falls (past 12 months) 347 21.3 81 26.3
Pain (past 3 months) 864 53.1 167 54.0
Sporting activities < 2.5 hours per week 1036 63.7 103 70.5
  1. a Waist circumference at 7-year follow-up was used for analysis. If this value was missing, waist circumference at 5-year follow-up was used.