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Table 1 Characteristics of patients recruited in the doctor-mask wearing (MASK) and non mask wearing (NoMASK) clinical consultations

From: Effect of facemasks on empathy and relational continuity: a randomised controlled trial in primary care

  NoMASK MASK
  No (%) No (%)
Age   
 <44 77 (15.0) 60 (11.7)
 45-64 251 (48.7) 215 (41.7)
 >65 187 (36.3) 238 (46.2)
Gender   
 Female 306 (59.4) 304 (59.0)
 Male 209 (40.6) 207 (40.2)
Education   
 Primary or Below 210 (40.9) 259 (50.9)
 Above Primary 303 (59.1) 250 (49.1)
General Health over last 12 months   
 Very bad/Bad 89 (17.4) 94 (18.4)
 Fair 295 (57.7) 291 (56.9)
 Good/Very Good 127 (24.9) 127 (24.9)
Knowing the doctor   
 Not Well/Neutral 494 (96.0) 490 (95.1)
 Quite Well/Very Well 21 (4.1) 23 (4.5)
Nature of the problem   
 New (acute) illness 102 (19.8) 77 (15.0)
 Old (chronic) illness 386 (74.8) 418 (81.5)
 Both new and old 28 (5.4) 18 (3.5)
Duration of consultation, mean (SD) 7.64 (4.55) 7.67 (4.85)