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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the completer’s and dropout group

From: Which patients benefit from physical activity on prescription (PAP)? A prospective observational analysis of factors that predict increased physical activity

Variable Completer’s (n = 368) Dropout (n = 76) p value
Agea – years 57.4 (10.9) 57.6 (13.1) 0.955e
Sexb    0.011 f
 Female 198 (53.8) 53 (69.7)  
 Male 170 (46.2) 23 (30.3)  
Nationalityb    0.915f
 Sweden 312 (86.0) 62 (84.9)  
 Other 51 (14.0) 11 (15.1)  
Social situationb    0.144f
 Single 135 (37.9) 35 (48.6)  
 Married/cohabit 205 (57.6) 33 (45.8)  
 Other 16 (4.5) 4 (5.6)  
Economic statusb – perceived    0.467f
 Good 213 (59.3) 36 (50.7)  
 Neither nor 107 (29.8) 19 (26.8)  
 Bad 39 (10.9) 16 (22.5)  
Educationb    0.117f
 Elementary grade 69 (19.2) 14 (19.4)  
 Upper secondary school 131 (36.4) 36 (50)  
 University college 160 (44.4) 22 (30.6)  
Tobaccob    0.871f
 Smokers 34 (9.5) 10 (13.9)  
 Non-smokers 229 (63.8) 41 (56.9)  
 Ex-smokers 96 (26.7) 21 (29.2)  
Part of metabolic syndromeb
 Overweight/Obesity 333 (90.5) 71 (93.4) 0.245f
 Hyperglycemia 144 (39.1) 30 (39.5) 0.672f
 Hypertension 293 (79.6) 53 (69.7) 0.117f
 Hyperlipidemia 212 (57.6) 41 (53.9) 0.801f
 Other diagnosis    
 Mental health, depression 52 (14.1) 13 (17.1) 0.446f
 Musculoskeletal disorders 58 (15.8) 19 (25) 0.040 f
 Other 155 (42.1) 38 (50) 0.172f
Physical activity levela, score:
 ACSM/AHA questionnaire 1.7 (1.5) 1.7 (1.4) 0.975e
BMIa, kg/m2 32.0 (5.2) 33.0 (5.8) 0.104e
HRQOL SF-36a, score:
 Physical component summary 45.7 (9.9) 41.4 (10.8) 0.001 e
 Mental component summary 44.4 (13.1) 40.0 (14.6) 0.012 e
  1. ACSM American College of Sports Medicine, AHA American Heart Association, BMI body mass index, HRQOL SF-36 Health Related Quality of Life 36-Item Short Form Health Survey
  2. a-bData are given as amean (standard deviation) or as bnumber (percentage)
  3. Difference between follow-up and dropout group. P-value was determined by ean independent samples t-test or by fa Mann-Whitney U-test
  4. Statistical significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. Statistical significant p-values are presented in bold numbers