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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of PERS subscribers

From: Purchasing and Using Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS): how decisions are made by community-dwelling seniors in Canada

Characteristic Focus groups (N = 5) Interviews (N = 10)
No. participants n = 20 n = 10
Mean age (years) 88.4 (SD ± 5.20) 88.9 (SD ± 3.60)
Gender
  Male 20 % (n = 4) -
  Female 80 % (n = 16) 100 % (n = 10)
Marital status
  Single 5 % (n = 1) 10 % (n = 1)
  Widowed 85 % (n=17) 80 % (n = 8)
  Married 5 % (n = 1) -
  Separated - -
  Divorced 5 % (n = 1) -
  Common-law - -
Education
  Public school 30 % (n = 6) 10 % (n = 1)
  High school 45 % (n = 9) 30 % (n = 3)
  College (diploma) 10 % (n = 2) 30 % (n = 3)
  University (Bachelors) 5 % (n = 1) 10 % (n = 1)
  University (Masters) 5 % (n = 1) -
  University (PhD/MD) - -
  Other education 5 % (n = 1) 20 % (n = 2)
Perceived Healtha
  Excellent 5 % (n = 1) 10 % (n = 1)
  Very good 20 % (n = 4) 30 % (n = 3)
  Good 50 % (n = 10) 40 % (n = 4)
  Fair 25 % (n = 5) 20 % (n = 2)
  Poor - -
Mean Self-Rated Independenceb
Completely independent 10 % (n = 2) 20 % (n = 2)
Very independent 25 % (n = 5) 70 % (n = 7)
Somewhat independent 25 % (n = 5) 10 % (n = 1)
Very little independence 5 % (n = 1) -
Not at all independent - -
  1. aSelf-rated health ranged from 1(excellent) to 5 (poor)
  2. bSelf-rated independence ranged from 1 (completely independent) to 5 (not at all independent)
  3. Not all numbers add up to 100 % because of non-responders in some categories