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Table 2 Sample characteristics for whole sample and by control and intervention study arm at baseline

From: A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a nurse-led palliative care intervention for HIV positive patients on antiretroviral therapy: recruitment, refusal, randomisation and missing data

  Entire sample (n = 120) Control (n = 60) Intervention (n = 60)
Female n (%) 97 (81) 49 (82) 48 (80)
Mean age in years (sd, range) 39 (8.9, 22–64) 40.5 (9.2, 22–64) 38.3 (8.2, 23–60)
Has a partner (% yes) 63 60 66.7
Median no. children (IQR) 2 (1–4) 2.5 (1–4) 2 (1–4)
Median no. financial dependents (IQR) 3 (2–5) 4 (3–5.5) 3 (2–5)
Education    
Never been to school 10 6 4
<4 yrs of school 3 1 2
Primary 76 35 41
Secondary 27 17 10
Diploma 4 1 3
Poverty quintile (5 quantiles of wealth), n (%)    
1 26 (22.2) 14 (23.3) 12 (21.1)
2 21 (18.0) 9 (15.0) 12 (21.1)
3 23 (19.7) 9 (15.0) 14 (24.6)
4 24 (20.5) 12 (20.0) 12 (21.1)
5 23 (19.7) 16 (26.7) 7 (12.3)
Median years since HIV diagnosis (IQR) 3.5 (1.3–5.2) 4.7 (2.4–5.7) 2.6 (0.9–4.4)
Median years on ART (IQR) 2.5 (0.8–4.2) 3.0 (1.6–5.0) 1.6 (0.4–3.5)
Median CD4 count (cells/mm3, IQR) 358 (223–506) 343 (209–558) 359 (247–490)
Receiving TB treatment (% yes) 8 12 5
WHO stage    
Stage 1 13 4 9
Stage 2 41 22 19
Stage 3 62 32 30
Stage 4 4 2 2