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Table 1 Characteristics of interviewed participants (n = 44) and non-interviewed participants (n = 46) in a study of telephone delivered health mentoring in COPD

From: Supporting health behaviour change in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with telephone health-mentoring: insights from a qualitative study

  Interviewed n = 44 No interview n = 46
  Mean SD Mean SD
Age (years) 65.2 7.3 64.3 8.5
Functional dyspnoea (MRC 1–5)1 2.6 1.1 2.9 1.3
Health related quality of life SGRQ (0–100 worst)2 41.3 21.1 42.6 18.4
  n % n %
Current smoker 21 48 23 50
Male 24 55 24 52
COPD severity*     
FEV1 50–80% predicted = Moderate 33 75 23 50
FEV1 30–50% predicted = Severe 11 25 23 50
Living alone 18 41 18 39
Overweight or obese 3 30 68 29 64
Employed currently 11 25 8 17
Education level     
Primary 3 7 8 17
Year 7-10 25 57 24 52
Year 11 or 12 6 14 6 13
Certificate/diploma 6 14 5 11
University degree 4 9 3 7
Previous self-management education 3 7 6 13
  1. Footnotes: 1 MRC = Medical Research Council scale; 2 SGRQ = St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire; 3 Overweight or obese = BMI ≥25 kg/m2. * Chi2 p < 0.05.