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Table 1 Participant characteristics by dog ownership status

From: The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study

  N Dog Owners (n = 43) Non dog owners (n = 43)
Match Characteristics
 Gender (N female, %) 43 27 (63%) 27 (63%)
 Age at start of study (years) 43 69.9 (± 4.1) 70.2 (± 4.1)
 Ethnicity (N White British) 43 43 (100%) 43 (100%)
 Cat ownership (N yes) 43 4 (9%) 4 (9%)
Townsend Index 43   
 1 (least deprived)   11 (26%) 11 (26%)
 2   15 (35%) 15 (35%)
 3   12 (28%) 12 (28%)
 4   4 (9%) 4 (9%)
 5 (most deprived)   1 (2%) 1 (2%)
Other Characteristics
 Distance between homes (km) 42 12.8 [22.8]
 BMI (kg.m−2) 43 25.4 (± 4.3) 25.8 (± 3.7)
 Participants reporting a chronic health condition at start of study 38/41 14 (37%) 15 (37%)
 Self-reported continuous walking distance (km) 38/37 6.1 ± (2.2) 6.5 ± (2.6)
  1. Data are reported as number (%), mean (± standard deviation) or median [interquartile range].