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Table 2 Distribution of household income, welfare benefit variables and type of award by group allocation

From: Randomised controlled trial of welfare rights advice accessed via primary health care: pilot study [ISRCTN61522618]

  Intervention (n = 59) Control (n = 58) Total (n = 117)
Distribution of household income and welfare benefit variables Median (Min, Max) Median (Min, Max) Median (Min, Max)
Initial weekly disposable household Income in £ 190 (40, 782) 195 (-12*, 711) 190 (-12*, 782)
Amounts of additional benefits received per week in £ 60 (10, 118) 38 (4, 137) 55 (4, 137)
Total arrears received as a lump sum per household in £† 563 (50, 3627) 338 (70, 3935) 483 (50, 3935)
Time between welfare assessment and start of financial benefit in weeks 16 (1, 78) 10 (1, 39) 14 (1, 78)
Time between start of financial benefit and first follow-up health questionnaire after welfare assessment in weeks **‡ 11 (-26, 24) 8 (-15, 23) 9(-26, 24)
Type of Award No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
Received only financial award(s) 12 (20.3) 19 (32.8) 31 (26.5)
Received only a non-financial award(s) 10 (16.9) 6 (10.3) 16 (13.7)
Received both a financial and non-financial award 12 (20.3) 9 (15.5) 21 (17.9)
Received some type of award 34 (57.6) 34 (58.6) 68 (58.1)
Received no award(s) 25 (42.4) 24 (41.4) 49 (41.9)
  1. * One individual did not know their partner's pension, so the minimum household disposable income is an underestimate
  2. ** For those participants who received extra financial benefits (n = 24 in intervention group, n = 26 in control group).
  3. † For those participants who received extra financial benefits (n = 19 in intervention group, n = 19 in control group).
  4. ‡ The values are negative if benefits were awarded after 6 month follow-up (if in intervention group) or 12 month follow-up (if in control group)