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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of services included in physical activity outcome analyses by area

From: Impact of a population based intervention to increase the adoption of multiple physical activity practices in centre based childcare services: a quasi experimental, effectiveness study

Variable Intervention Area Comparison Area P *
Services in high socioeconomic area (%, 95% CI) 41(37, 46) 68 (62, 73) <0.01
Service geographic locality (%, 95% CI)    
Major city 37 (32,41) 67 (62,63) <0.01
Inner regional 31 (27,25) 21 (17,26) <0.01
Outer regional 29 (25,33) 8 (5,11) <0.01
Remote 3 (1, 4) 2 (0, 3) <0.01
Services with children of Aboriginal background (%, 95% CI) 71 (66,75) 43 (37,48) <0.01
Number of children enrolled (mean , 95% CI) 83.6 (78.2, 89.0) 79.9 (72.6, 87.2) 0.42
Hours open (mean , 95% CI) 8.7 (8.5, 9.0) 9.2 (8.9, 9.5) 0.03
Days open (mean , 95% CI) 4.8 (4.7, 4.9) 4.9 (4.8, 5.0) 0.12
Tertiary educated staff (mean , 95% CI) 1.3(1.1, 1.4) 1.0 (1.1, 1.5) 0.83
Contact staff per day (mean , 95% CI) 6.0 (5.7, 6.3) 6.0 (5.6, 6.4) 0.94
  1. *Categorical variables are compared using chi squared tests and continuous variables are compared using t tests.