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Table 1 Demographics of older patients with COPD (n = 29)

From: Patients’ and healthcare providers’ perceptions and experiences of telehealth use and online health information use in chronic disease management for older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a qualitative study

Characteristics a (n = 29)
Gender, n (%)
 Male 19 (66)
 Female 10 (34)
Age (years), mean (SD) 70.6 (6.4)
Education status, n (%)
 Primary school and Below 7 (24)
 Middle school 10 (34)
 High school 8 (28)
 Higher education and Above 4 (14)
Disease classification b, n (%)
 GOLD I 5 (17)
 GOLD II 11 (38)
 GOLD III 6 (21)
 GOLD IV 7 (24)
Disease duration, n (%)
 < 10 years 12 (41)
 ≥ 10 years 17 (59)
Group
 PeR group c 10 (34)
 FtF group d 10 (34)
 Regular group e 9 (31)
  1. a P patient
  2. b GOLD Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease; GOLD I: FEV1/FVC < 70%, FEV1 ≥ 80%; GOLD II: FEV1/FVC < 70%, 50% ≤ FEV1 < 80%; GOLD III: FEV1/FVC < 70%, 30% ≤ FEV1 < 50%; GOLD IV: FEV1/FVC < 70%, FEV1 < 30%
  3. c PeR group: Older patients with COPD who participated in CDM for COPD through Pulmonary Internet Explorer Rehabilitation (PeR, mobile technology, a free social media WeChat official account) belong to PeR group
  4. d FtF group: Older patients with COPD who participated in CDM for COPD face-to-face belong to FtF group
  5. e Regular group: Older patients with COPD who participated in routine follow-up visits for COPD belong to regular group