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Table 1 Pre-admission socio-demographic characteristics of the 2006 and 2007 cohorts

From: Can the 12-item general health questionnaire be used to identify medical students who might ‘struggle’ on the medical course? A prospective study on two cohorts

  Entry cohort Study group Non-study group Chi-square test, study vs non-study groups *
  n % n % n % p
2006 entry 251   164   87   
Gender
Males 94 37.5 61 37.2 33 37.9 NS
Females 157 62.5 103 62.8 54 62.1
Age group
Under 21 234 93.2 155 94.5 79 90.8 NS
21 or over 17 6.8 9 5.5 8 9.2
Domicile (as Fee status)
UK 211 84.1 137 83.5 74 85.1 NS
EU/OS 40 15.9 27 16.5 13 14.9
Ethnicity
White 168 66.9 116 70.7 52 59.8 NS
Non-White 80 31.9 46 28.0 34 39.1
Not declared 3 1.2 2 1.2 1 1.1
Last qualifications
Standard A levels 231 92.0 157 95.7 74 85.1 0.003 †
Non-standard qualifications 20 8.0 7 5.5 13 14.9
Not known 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
2007 entry 254   160   94  
Gender
Males 100 39.4 65 40.6 35 37.2 NS
Females 154 60.6 95 59.4 59 62.8
Age group
Under 21 251 98.8 158 98.8 93 98.9 NS
21 or over 3 1.2 2 1.2 1 1.1
Domicile (as Fee status)
UK 222 87.4 140 87.5 82 87.2 NS
EU/OS 32 12.6 20 12.5 12 12.8
Ethnicity
White 160 63.0 106 66.3 54 57.4 NS
Non-White 76 29.9 42 26.3 34 36.2
Not declared 18 7.1 12 7.5 6 6.4
Last qualifications
Standard A levels 232 91.3 147 91.9 85 90.4 NS
Non-standard qualifications 19 7.5 12 7.5 7 7.4
Not known 3 1.2 1 0.6 2 .2  
  1. * for bivariate categories, excluding any unknown values.
  2. X 2 = 8.83, Odds ratio = 3.94, 95% CI 1.51 to 10.29.