Table 1

Baseline characteristics of patients and practices included in the trial.

Intervention group (n = 180)Control group (n =188)
Demographics
Mean age years (SD)38.1 (10.4)38.5 (11.3)
Females (%)124 (68.86)121 (64.4)
Full-time employment (%)38 (21.1)61 (32.4)
Part-time employment (%)18 (10.0)14 (7.4)
Unemployed (%)29 (16.1)38 (20.2)
On sickness benefit (%)34 (18.9)28 (14.9)
House person (%)37 (20.6)24 (12.8)
Other (%)22 (12.2)42 (22.3)
Ethnicity
 Asian (%)97 (53.9)50 (26.6)
 White (%)34 (18.9)100 (53.2)
 Black (%)25 (13.9)20 (10.6)
 Other (%)22 (12.2)17 (9.0)
Required an interpreter (%)12 (6.6)46 (24.5)
CORE, mean (SD)7.2 (2.6)7.3 (2.6)
Practices Variable, mean (SD) Townsend Score13.2 (2.9)12.8 (4.2)
Whole Time Equivalent GPs, mean (SD)1.9 (0.9)2.1 (0.8)
  • SD = standard deviation. CORE = clinical outcomes in routine evaluation.