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Table 1 Respondent characteristics

From: A survey of primary care patients’ readiness to engage in the de-adoption practices recommended by Choosing Wisely Canada

Survey Routine use of ECG (n = 105) Antipsychotic use in dementia (n = 97) Antibiotic use to treat sinusitis (n = 50) Imaging for low back pain (n = 52) Sedative-hypnotic use in the elderly (n = 40) Overall (n = 344)
Average age
Mean ± SD (years) 64.9 ± 9.9 62.9 ± 8.1 61.1 ± 7.0 62.2 ± 8.4 61.8 ± 9.0 63.0 ± 8.8
Range (years) 50–88 50–87 50–80 50–84 50–81 50–88
Female (%) 53.3 64.0 56.0 55.0 65.0 59.0
Marital status (%)
Married 54.3 60.8 60.0 50.0 55.0 56.4
Single/unmarried 20.0 12.4 16.0 23.1 15.0 17.2
Divorced/separated 13.3 17.5 12.0 17.3 10.0 14.5
Widowed 10.5 8.2 10.0 7.7 10.0 9.3
Place of birth (%)
Canada 59.0 66.0 70.0 69.2 77.5 66.3
USA 6.0 3.0 2.0 5.8 0.0 3.8
Other 33.0 28.0 26.0 23.1 22.5 27.9
Living arrangements (%)
Lives alone 31.4 28.9 26.0 46.2 27.5 31.7
Level of education (%)
Primary school 1.0 3.1 0.0 3.8 0.0 1.7
High school 9.5 20.6 20.0 23.1 7.5 16.0
College/University 87.6 75.3 76.0 67.3 92.5 79.9
Prefer not to disclose 1.9 1.0 4.0 5.8 0.0 2.3
Health self-assessment (%)
Good to excellent 81.0 81.5 82.0 80.7 82.5 81.4
Medical condition (%)
High blood pressure 53.3 34.0 30.0 32.7 27.5 38.4
Diabetes 21.1 16.5 14.0 13.5 7.5 16.0
Heart disease 22.9 9.3 12.0 1.9 7.5 12.2
Colon cancer 2.9 1.0 2.0 1.9 0.0 1.5
Asthma 9.5 10.3 18.0 13.5 2.5 10.8
Depression 16.2 20.6 14.0 9.6 30 17.7
Number of different medications per day (%)
0 14.0 20.0 18.0 15.4 7.5 16.0
1–4 54.0 52.0 54.0 63.5 62.5 56.4
5–9 23.0 17.0 24.0 13.5 20.0 19.8
>10 9.0 7.0 4.0 5.8 10.0 7.2