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Table 1 Age, gender and neighbourhood deprivation differences between mailed participants, non-responders and responders to the postal questionnaire. Numbers shown are n (%)

From: Foot problems in people with gout in primary care: baseline findings from a prospective cohort study

  All mailed participants Non-responders and refusals Responders
N 1805a 612 1184
Gender:    
 Males 1471 (81.5) 476 (77.8) 990 (83.6)
 Females 334 (18.5) 136 (22.2) 194 (16.4)
Age (years):    
 Under 50 308 (17.1) 164 (26.8) 142 (12.0)
 50–59 348 (19.3) 137 (22.4) 210 (17.7)
 60–69 480 (26.6) 136 (22.2) 343 (29.0)
 70–79 448 (24.8) 107 (17.5) 339 (28.6)
 80 and over 221 (12.2) 68 (11.1) 150 (12.7)
Age (years), males:    
 Under 50 294 (20.0) 155 (32.6) 138 (13.9)
 50–59 301 (20.5) 113 (23.7) 187 (18.9)
 60–69 401 (27.3) 108 (22.7) 293 (29.6)
 70–79 340 (23.1) 65 (13.7) 273 (27.6)
 80 and over 135 (9.2) 35 (7.4) 99 (10.0)
Age (years), females:    
 Under 50 14 (4.2) 9 (6.6) 4 (2.1)
 50–59 47 (14.1) 24 (17.7) 23 (11.9)
 60–69 79 (23.7) 28 (20.6) 50 (25.8)
 70–79 108 (32.4) 42 (30.9) 66 (34.0)
 80 and over 86 (25.8) 33 (24.3) 51 (26.3)
Neighbourhood deprivation (tertiles):    
 Most deprived 609 (33.8) 237 (38.8) 369 (31.2)
 Mid-deprived 595 (33.0) 189 (30.9) 405 (34.2)
 Least deprived 600 (33.3) 185 (30.3) 410 (34.6)
  1. aNine of these participants were excluded during the mailing process