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Table 1 Participant demographics

From: Recruiting people facing social disadvantage: the experience of the Free Meds study

   n (percent)
Gender
 Male 463 (43.4)
 Female 605 (56.7)
Ethnicity*
 New Zealand European 541 (50.7)
 Māori 520 (48.7)
 Pacific 24 (2.2)
 Other (including “Kiwi” and “New Zealander”) 107 (10.0)
Age
 Under 40 85 (8.0)
 40–49 110 (10.3)
 50–59 262 (24.5)
 60–69 299 (28.0)
 70–79 245 (22.9)
 80 and over 67 (6.3)
Condition **
 Diabetes 729 (68.3)
 Taking anti-psychotics (for any reason) 278 (26.0)
 COPD 192 (18.0)
Sources of personal income Ɨ
 Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses 242 (22.7)
 Self-employment 33 (3.1)
 Interest, dividends, rent, other investments 35 (3.3)
 Accident Compensation 12 (1.1)
 Superannuation 474 (44.4)
 Jobseeker benefit 82 (7.7)
 Sole parent support 20 (1.9)
 Supported Living payment 246 (23.0)
 Other 38 (3.6)
 No income 30 (2.8)
  1. *Participants could report more than one ethnicity
  2. **Usually, if people met one of the study criteria, we did not ask about others. Therefore, these numbers are likely to under-estimate the prevalence of the conditions. However, some recruiters did ask about all conditions, which is why the total is greater than the sample size
  3. Ɨ Participants sometimes had more than one source of income.