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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the sample presented by type of role (n = 119)

From: A preliminary study of aged care facility staff indicates limitations in awareness of the link between depression and physical morbidity

   Role type  
   Professional Carers Professional Vs Carers
  N (n = 32) (n = 87) p
Age (years), mean (SD) 114 50.3 (8.0) 46.5 (10.5) 0.043
Gender (female), % (n) 119 90.6 (29) 88.5 (77) NS
Education (up to certificate/diploma), % (n) 117 75.0 (24) 82.4 (70) NS
Length of service in current post (years), mean (SD) 117 6.1 (5.1) 4.6 (3.1) NS
Length of service in aged care sector (years), mean (SD) 116 12.1 (9.1) 6.9 (6.1) 0.005
Trained in mental health, % (n) 118 78.1 (25) 79.1 (68) NS
Type of care, % (n) 119    
High care   31.3 (10) 6.9 (6) <0.001
Low care   46.9 (15) 24.1 (21)  
Community care   21.9 (7) 69.0 (60)  
  1. NS, not significant