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Table 1 Baseline Characteristics of the Telemedicine Cohort

From: Feasibility and acceptability of a technology-based, rural weight management intervention in older adults with obesity

  Overall Completers Dropouts P-value
N=53 N=44 N=9  
Age, years 72.9 ± 3.9 73.2 ± 3.9 71.4 ± 3.8 0.20
Female Sex 37 (69.8) 32 (72.7) 5 (55.6) 0.30
Education     0.17
 High school 7 (13.2) 7 (15.9) 0  
 Some College 15 (28.3) 14 (31.8) 1 (11.1)  
 College Degree 15 (28.3) 12 (27.3) 3 (33.3)  
 Post-College Degree 16 (30.2) 11 (25.0) 5 (55.6)  
Income     0.45
 Less than $25,000 10 (18.9) 9 (20.5) 1 (11.1)  
 $25,000 to $49,999 10 (18.9) 7 (15.9) 3 (33.3)  
 $50,000 to $74,999 11 (20.8) 11 (25.0) 0  
 $75,000 to $99,999 13 (24.5) 10 (22.7) 3 (33.3)  
 $100,000 to $199,999 8 (15.1) 6 (13.6) 2 (22.2)  
 $200,000 or more 1 (1.9) 1 (2.3) 0  
Insurance     
 Medicaid 1 (1.9) 0 1 (11.1) 0.15
 Medicare 48 (90.6) 41 (93.2) 7 (77.8) 0.03
 Private 32 (60.4) 25 (56.8) 7 (77.8) 0.24
Smoking Status     0.78
 Current 1 (1.92) 1 (2.3) 0  
 Former 21 (40.4) 17 (38.6) 4 (50.0)  
 Never 30 (57.7) 26 (59.1) 4 (50.0)  
Marital Status     0.53
 Married 35 (66.0) 28 (63.6) 7 (77.8)  
 Widow 5 (9.4) 5 (11.4) 0  
 Single 13 (24.5) 11 (25.0) 2 (22.2)  
Distance to Center, miles 22.7 ± 19.3 24.0 ± 20.3 15.9 ± 11.1 0.25
Distance to Center, minutes 29.6 ± 20.6 31.1 ± 21.9 22.3 ± 10.4 0.25
Co-Morbidities
 Anxiety 5 (9.4) 4 (9.0) 1 (11.1) 0.85
 COPD 4 (7.5) 3 (6.8) 1 (11.1) 0.66
 Depression 12 (22.6) 12 (27.3) 0 0.08
 Diabetes 14 (26.4) 14 (31.8) 0 0.05
 Fibromyalgia 2 (3.8) 2 (4.6) 0 0.51
 High Cholesterol 19 (39.9) 15 (34.1) 4 (44.4) 0.56
 Hypertension 38 (71.7) 31 (70.5) 7 (77.8) 0.66
 Osteoarthritis 19 (35.9) 16 (36.4) 3 (33.3) 0.86
 Sleep Apnea 21 (39.6) 18 (40.9) 3 (33.3) 0.67
 Stroke 2 (3.8) 1 (2.3) 1 (11.1) 0.21
  1. All values represented are means ± standard deviation or counts (%). P-value represents difference between completers and participants that dropped out from the 6-month intervention