Table 1

Characteristics of adults with cystic fibrosis by method of data collection (n=147)

Online sample (n=83)Paper-based sample (n=64)P value
Age in years, mean (SD)32.2 (7.3)28.2 (10.6) 0.008
Gender, n (%)0.131
 Males31 (38.3)33 (51.6)
 Females50 (61.7)31 (48.4)
Marital status, n (%) 0.044
 Single37 (44.6)42 (65.6)
 Married27 (32.5)10 (15.6)
 With partners18 (21.7)11 (17.2)
 Separated1 (1.2)1 (1.6)
General living arrangements, n (%) 0.024
 With parents28 (35.0)37 (59.7)
 With partner/spouse34 (42.5)14 (22.6)
 With housemates8 (10)7 (11.3)
 Alone10 (12.5)4 (6.5)
Highest level of education, n (%)0.318
 Masters/PhD14 (17.2)7 (11.3)
 Postgraduate cert/diploma8 (9.9)3 (4.8)
 Bachelor’s degree18 (22.2)19 (30.6)
 Technical cert/diploma20 (24.7)9 (14.5)
 Leaving certificate14 (17.3)16 (25.8)
 Junior certificate7 (8.6)7 (11.3)
 Primary school0 (0.0)1 (1.6)
Employment status, n (%) 0.005
 Working full time28 (33.7)10 (15.9)
 Working part time25 (30.1)11 (17.5)
 Unable to work due to Illness14 (16.9)14 (22.2)
 Unemployed/seeking work9 (10.8)16 (25.4)
 Other (studying/retired/home maker)7 (8.4)12 (19)
  • Bold text represents significant P values.