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Table 4 Characteristics of 39,964 healthy older NSW residents participating in the SEEF Study stratified by socio-demographic, lifestyle risk factors, health status, access to PHC, and confidence in managing own health

From: Preventive care in general practice among healthy older New South Wales residents

Participant characteristics   Frequency
   Number   %
Demographic characteristics     
Gender Female 23653   59.2
  Male 16311   40.8
Age group 45-59 19889   49.8
  60-74 20075   50.2
Country of birth Australia 31201   78.1
  Overseas 8763   21.9
Rurality (ARIA+) Major city 15655   49.1
  Inner regional 9745   30.6
  Outer/Remote 6456   20.3
Socioeconomic status     
Education Less than year 10 2880   7.3
  Year 10 7995   20.2
  Year 12 7360   18.6
  Certificate/diploma 9435   23.8
  University 11909   30.1
Household income <$20,000 3596   10.3
  $20,000-$39,999 7007   20.1
  $40,000-$59,999 5889   16.9
  $60,000-$79,999 4374   12.6
  $80,000+ 13946   40.1
Lifestyle factors     
Smoking status Current 2149   5.4
  Ex-smoker 13396   33.6
  Never smoked 24350   61.0
BMI* Underweight 2882   7.3
  Normal 13407   34.2
  Overweight 14789   37.7
  Obese 8163   20.8
Physical activity Sedentary 1287   3.3
  Insufficient 8549   21.8
  Sufficient 29351   74.9
Health status     
Anxiety status Yes 4431   11.1
  No 35533   88.9
Depression Yes 6227   15.6
  No 33737   84.4
High blood pressure Yes 7880   19.7
  No 32084   80.3
High cholesterol Yes 5546   13.9
  No 34418   86.1
Access to PHC     
Timing of visiting a particular doctor Same day 7810   20.0
Next day 7523   19.3
  2-3 days 10534   27.0
  4-5 days 4992   12.8
  More than 5 days 8168   20.9
Timing of visiting any doctor Same day 19917   52.1
  Next day 8696   22.8
  2-3 days 5492   14.4
  4-5 days 1938   5.1
  More than 5 days 2153   5.6
Visiting GP urgently same day Yes 28025   81.2
  No 6498   18.8
Self-management     
Confidence in managing own health Yes 17084   42.9
No 22757   57.1
  1. BMI*: Underweight (BMI:< 18.5), Normal weight (BMI: 18.5-24.9), Over weight (BMI: 25.0-29.9), Obesity (BMI: 30+) according to AIHW [30].
  2. Note: Percentages do not consistently total to 100% due to missing values.