Table 3

Characteristics of Conversation Group Medical Visit Participants Compared With Patients Who Were Approached But Did Not Participate

CharacteristicParticipated(n = 32)Did Not Participate (n = 48)
Age, mean (SD), y79 (5.3)78 (6.8)
Women, No. (%)19 (59)34 (71)
Race, No. (%)
 Native American1 (3.1)N/A
 Hispanic or Latino1 (3.1)
 Black or African American7 (22)
 White (non-Latino)23 (72)
Relationship status, No. (%)
 Married or with partner16 (50)N/A
 Widowed9 (28)
 Divorced or separated4 (13)
 Single2 (6.3)
Self-reported health status,a No. (%)
 Excellent or very good13 (42)N/A
 Good, fair, or poor13 (42)
Caregiver for another person, No. (%)7 (23)N/A
Attended with a partner, No. (%)10 (31)N/A
Type of insurance,b No. (%)
 Medicare32 (100)45 (94)
 Medicare supplement14 (44)21 (44)
 Tricare17 (53)19 (40)
 Medicaid4 (13)4 (8.0)
Education, No. (%)
 Less than high school graduate1 (3.1)N/A
 High school graduate/GED3 (9.4)
 Some college7 (22)
 College graduate7 (22)
 Any postgraduate or professional10 (31)
Living situation, No. (%)
 Home or apartment27 (84)N/A
 Independent living community3 (9.4)
Referral Source, No. (%)
 Referred by primary care clinician26 (81)43 (90)
 Self-referred3 (9.4)0 (0)
 Referred by partner or friend3 (9.4)5 (11)
Reason for not participating, No. (%)
 Interested, but at a future dateN/A2 (4.2)
 DeclinedcN/A30 (63)
 Unable to reachN/A3 (6.3)
 Scheduled but cancelled or no showN/A13 (27)
  • a At Session 1.

  • b Includes multiple payer sources when known.

  • c See text for reasons for declining.