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Table 1 Characteristics of Volunteer Companions and Accompanied Persons

From: Can volunteer medical visit companions support older adults in the United States?

  Volunteer Companions N = 15 Accompanied Persons N = 14
Age (years), mean (SD) 72 (5.9) 76 (7.0)
Race, n (%)
 African American 1 (6.7) 3 (21.4)
 Caucasian 14 (93.3) 10 (71.4)
 Asian 0 (0.0) 1 (7.1)
Gender, n (%)
 Female 11 (73.3) 12 (85.7)
Rides provided in last 3 months, n (%)
 1–3 0 (0.0) 2 (15.4)
 4–7 1 (6.7) 5 (38.5)
 More than 8 14 (93.3) 6 (46.2)
Ride location, n (%)
 Primary Care Doctor 5 (27.8) 4 (22.2)
 Specialist 8 (44.4) 7 (38.9)
 Other healthcare appointment (e.g. laboratory) 4 (22.2) 2 (11.1)
 Other places (pharmacy) 1 (5.6) 1 (5.6)
Education, n (%)
 HS or less 0 (0.0) 5 (35.7)
 Bachelor’s or less 9 (60.0) 8 (57.1)
 Higher degree 6 (40.0) 1 (7.1)
Relationship status, n (%)
 Single 1 (6.7) 1 (7.1)
 Married 8 (53.3) 0 (0.0)
 Separated/divorced 4 (26.7) 5 (35.7)
 Widowed 2 (13.3) 8 (57.1)
Employment, n (%)
 Part-time 2 (13.3) 0 (0.0)
 Receiving disability 0 (0.0) 2 (14.3)
 Retired 12 (80) 12 (85.7)
 Not currently employed 1 (6.7) 0 (0.0)
Household income, n (%)
 Less than 50,000 3 (20.0) 13 (92.9)
 $50,000 - $100,000 7 (46.7) 0 (0.0)
 $100,000 + 3 (20.0) 0 (0.0)
 Prefer not to answer 5 (33.3) 1 (7.1)