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Table 1 Characteristics of focus group participants

From: Characteristics of outdoor falls among older people: a qualitative study

Location Group no. n Living environment Living arrangement Independence with everyday tasks at home Outings per week Highest level of education Gender Age (years)
    Urban Rural Alone With others Independent Receive care1 Range Mandatory school education2 Further/higher education3 M F M Range
Wales 1 6 6 0 1 5 6 0 1 - 14 3 3 3 3 78.17 69 - 87
  2 4 2 2 2 2 3 1 2 - 7 0 4 1 3 70.25 69 - 71
  3 6 0 6 3 3 6 0 1 - 7 2 4 1 5 80.00 75 - 84
England 4 5 5 0 4 1 5 0 3 - 7 2 3 1 4 76.40 69 - 87
  5 7 7 0 4 3 6 1 4 - 7 2 5 0 7 78.71 69 - 91
  6 4 0 4 3 1 3 1 2 - 5 3 1 0 4 84.50 82 - 88
  7 3 0 3 1 2 3 0 2 - 5 3 0 0 3 70.67 65 - 79
Scotland 8 4 4 0 1 3 3 1 1 - 7 4 0 1 3 80.75 70 - 92
  9 5 3 2 5 0 5 0 3 - 6 5 0 0 5 79.60 74 - 85
Total   44 27 17 24 20 40 4   244 205 7 37   
  1. 1Participants were asked how they manage with tasks in their home on a day-to-day basis, of which three reported that they received carer support, one received tele-care/tele-health, and the remainder stated they were independent.
  2. 2Participants who had received education at primary school level (up to 12 years of age) or secondary school level (up to 16 years of age), with qualifications at secondary school usually in the form of General Certificates of Secondary Education.
  3. 3Participants, who in addition to school education had received further education or obtained a professional qualification (e.g. to perform a trade), or received education at a higher education college or university (e.g. Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy).
  4. 4Four at primary level, 20 at secondary level.
  5. 5Two at higher education college, 5 at university, and 13 obtained further education or a professional qualification.