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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of participants

From: Analysis of factors influencing general practitioners’ decision to refer obese patients in Australia: a qualitative study

Area SESML SWSML ISML WNSWML
N 5 7 5 7
Gender Male 3 3 0 5
Female 2 4 5 2
Age ≤39 0 0 1 1
40-49 3 2 4 1
50-59 1 3 0 2
60- 1 2 0 3
Practice size * Single 3 1 0 0
Small 0 2 0 1
Medium 0 1 0 2
Large 2 2 4 3
Language English only 1 3 5 6
English and Non-English 4 4 0 1
Socioeconomic status of patients High 0 0 0 0
Medium 1 5 3 3
Low 4 2 2 4
% Private health insurance 0-34% 2 4 3 5
35-69% 1 2 1 2
70%+ 0 1 0 0
Distance from bariatric surgery 0-14 km 4 7 3 1
15-49 km 1 0 2 0
50-99 km 0 0 0 1
100-199 km 0 0 0 2
200 km- 0 0 0 3
  1. Abbreviation: SESML, South East Sydney Medicare Local; SWSML, South Western Sydney Medicare Local; ISML, Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local; WNSWML, Western New South Wales Medicare Local.
  2. SESML and SWSML are in Sydney metropolitan area.
  3. ISML and WNSWML are classified as regional areas.
  4. *Data of three participants are missing.
  5. Data of three participants are missing.