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Table 2 Characteristics of patients in the analytic sample

From: The General Practice Assessment Questionnaire (GPAQ) – Development and psychometric characteristics

Socio-demographic characteristics Consultation GPAQ Postal GPAQ
Total n 190,038 20,309
No. of practices 1,031 149
Mean age in years 50.3 54.2
GP consultations in the past year:   
- % 'None' 4.2 8.0
- % 'Once or twice' 22.5 28.7
- % 'Three or four times' 30.4 29.6
- % 'Five or six times' 21.0 18.2
- % 'Seven times or more' 21.9 15.4
% female 64.7 61.4
% with a long-term illness, disability or infirmity 51.0 48.2
Ethnicity:   
- % white 92.2 86.8
- % Asian/Asian British 3.7 5.9
- % Black/Black British 1.8 5.0
- % Mixed 1.1 1.3
- % Chinese 0.3 0.1
- % Other ethnic group 0.9 0.7
Employment:   
- % employed 48.4 35.3
- % unemployed 2.5 1.8
- % in full-time education 3.4 2.3
- % unable to work due to long-term sickness 7.2 5.2
- % looking after home/family 9.6 7.1
- % retired 27.5 45.0
- % other 1.6 3.3
% living in rented accommodation 28.9 25.4
  1. Note: missing values were excluded from the denominator when calculating percentages for each category