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Table 2 PERS Subscribers’ use of and satisfaction with device

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

Characteristic Focus groups (n = 20) Interviews (n = 10)
Average length of subscription (years) m = 3.68 m = 2.58
Who signed senior up for PERS   
  I signed up 45 % (n = 9) 90 % (n = 9)
  Family member 25 % (n = 5) 10 % (n = 1)
  Friend or neighbour 15 % (n = 3) -
  Doctor/health professional - -
  Other 10 % (n = 2) -
How often is device worn when home?
  Every day, all the time 90 % (n = 18) 80 % (n = 8)
  Every day, but just for a few hours - -
  A few hours every week - -
  Not at all 10 % (n = 2) 20 % (n = 2)
How often is device kept within arms reach?
  Always 75 % (n = 15) 90 % (n = 9)
  Usually, but not always 15 % (n = 3) -
  Sometimes 10 % (n = 1) 10 % (n = 1)
  Almost never - -
  Never - -
  During day but not at night - -
How many times have you pushed (in a non-test situation)? 23 (n = 6) 2 (n = 2)
How many of those (total) instances resulted in trips to hospital? 8 (n = 5) 1 (n = 1)
Has the PERS ever activated by accident?
  Yes 25 % (n = 5) 10 % (n = 1)
  No 50 % (n = 10) 90 % (n = 1)
  No response 25 % (n = 5) -
Satisfaction with your PERSa m = 5.26 SD ± 1.05 m = 5.0 SD ± 1.00
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement: “ConnectCare helps me maintain my independence”b m = 1.15 SD ± 0.37 m = 2.5 SD ± 0.97
  1. aSatisfaction with PERS was rated on a Likert-type scale of 1 (extremely dissatisfied) to 6 (extremely satisfied)
  2. bRated on a Likert-type scale of 1(strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree)
  3. Not all numbers add up to 100 % because of non-responders in some categories