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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the participant population (n = 523)*

From: Which factors engage women in deprived neighbourhoods to participate in exercise referral schemes?

Country of origin Total The Netherlands (21%) n = 108 Morocco (16%) n = 82 Turkey (21%) n = 112 Surinam (29%) n = 149 Other (14%) N = 72
Referred by       
General practitioner 58% 60% 68% 54% 54% 54%
Physiotherapist 23% 15% 21% 35% 26% 11%
Other 20% 25% 11% 12% 20% 35%
Paid job       
Yes 24% 30% 11% 13% 36% 20%
No 76% 70% 89% 87% 64% 80%
Education       
None 11% 0% 29% 24% 1% 8%
Primary school 36% 19% 34% 55% 36% 38%
Secondary school 14% 20% 9% 6% 22% 8%
Trade school/LBO/VMBO/MULO** 13% 25% 4% 1% 20% 10%
Senior secondary vocational education (MBO) 12% 19% 12% 3% 13% 13%
Higher professional education (HBO) 5% 9% 2% 1% 5% 11%
Other or unknown 8% 7% 10% 11% 5% 13%
length of residence in the Netherlands in years (sd)*** - - 19.7 (7.8) 19.2 (9.6) 24.1 (9.3) 13.6 (9.8)
Marital status       
Married/Living together with partner 54% 40% 83% 73% 35% 48%
Single/Divorced/Widow/Widower 47% 60% 17% 27% 65% 52%
Children, mean (sd)*** 1.58 (1.5) 0.8 (1.0) 2.56 (1.6) 2.14 (1.6) 1.22 (1.1) 1.54 (1.5)
Median age 45 47 39 42 49 47
BMI, mean (sd)*** 31 (7.3) 33 (9.3) 30 (4.8) 33 (8.1) 30 (6.0) 32 (5.8)
Physical activity during leisure time       
Walking/Biking/Gardening and doing odd jobs       
0 h/w 24% 18% 20% 21% 31% 30%
0–2 h/w 23% 18% 23% 30% 21% 28%
2–4 h/w 20% 19% 19% 21% 21% 18%
4–6 h/w 9% 10% 13% 9% 8% 4%
> 6 h/w 24% 35% 26% 19% 19% 20%
Gymnastics/Dancing/Swimming/Other sports       
0 h/w 81% 82% 88% 76% 78% 83%
0–2 h/w 14% 10% 11% 19% 15% 11%
2–4 h/w 4% 3% 1% 4% 5% 3%
4–6 h/w 1% 2% 0% 1% 1% 1%
> 6 h/w 1% 4% 0% 0% 0% 1%
  1. * The percentages are rounded numbers.
  2. ** 1 LBO = Lower secondary vocational education, MBO = preparatory secondary vocational education, MULO = advanced primary education
  3. *** sd = Standard deviation