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Table 3 Characteristics of CN SNAPW trial clients at baseline

From: The impact of a brief lifestyle intervention delivered by generalist community nurses (CN SNAP trial)

Characteristics Total (n = 804) Early interv (n = 425) Late interv (379)
  N % N % N %
Female 396 49.3 214 50.4 182 48.0
Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander 4 0.5 2 0.5 2 0.5
Language other than English 35 4.4 18 4.2 17 4.5
Employed 215 26.7 115 27.1 100 26.4
Unable to work (long-term sickness/ disability) 109 13.6 50 11.8 59 15.6
Retired from paid work 419 53.1 229 53.9 190 50.1
Age (yrs)       
30-39 yrs 44 5.5 22 5.2 22 5.8
40-49 78 9.7 44 10.4 34 9.0
50-59 142 17.7 76 18.0 66 17.4
60-69 256 31.9 136 32.2 120 31.7
≥ 70 280 35.2 143 34.3 137 36.1
Self-rated health status Poor or Fair 308 38.3 158 37.2 150 39.6
Self-rated mental health status: Downhearted or blue     
Most to all of the time 102 12.7 49 11.5 53 14.0
Health conditions       
Hypertension 395 49.1 225 52.9 170 44.9
Arthritis 277 34.5 155 36.5 122 32.2
High cholesterol 239 29.7 132 31.1 107 28.2
Cancer 213 26.5 123 28.9 90 23.7
Diabetes 185 23.0 102 24.0 83 21.9
Depression 132 16.4 66 15.5 66 17.4
Heart disease 132 16.4 55 15.9 55 17.1
no risk factors 18 (2.2%) 11 (2.6%) 7 (1.8%)
1 risk only 147 (18.3%) 76 (17.9% 71 (18.7%)
2 risks 328 (40.2%) 164 (38.6%) 159 (42.0%)
3 risks 215 (26.7%) 120 (28.2 95 (25.1%)
4 risks 92 (11.4%) 50 (11.8%) 42 (11.1%)
5 risks 9 (1.1%) 4 (0.9) 5 (1.3)
< 2 serves of fruit (n = 801) 336 (41.9%) 174 (40.9%) 162 (42.7%)
<5 serves of veg (n = 796) 672 (84.4%) 352 (82.8%) 320 (84.4%)
At risk alcohol consumption a (n = 804) 297 (36.9%) 159 (37.4%) 138 (36.4%)
Smokers (n = 802) 138 (17.2%) 74 (17.5%) 65 (17.2%)
Overweight (OW) (n = 785) 263 (33.5%) 123 (29.8%) 140 (37.6%)
Obese (n = 785) 318 (40.5%) 182 (44.1%) 136 (36.6%)
OW or obese (n = 785) 581 (74.0%) 305 (71.8%) 276 (72.8%)
Unable to do physical activity (PA)b (n = 793) 375 (47.3%) 196 (46.2%) 179 (47.2%)
Able to do PA but inadequate (n = 418) 211 (50.5%) 120 (31.2%) 91 (25.9%)
  1. a The 2009 national alcohol guidelines for alcohol consumption are available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/guide-adult.
  2. b Those with major physical limitations which (a) limited their ability to engage in physical activity a lot and (b) were estimated to last for more than 4 weeks, or unsure.