Table 1

Participant characteristics

N1973 HCs and 6 LWs
Age29–85 years (average age: 60.4 years)33–53 years; three unknown (average age 43 years)HC: 47–50 years (average age 48.43 years). LW: 22–52 years, 1 unknown (average age 30.80 years)
Gender12 female,
6 male,
1 prefer not to say
2 female
5 male
HC: 1 female; 2 male
LW: 2 female; 4 male
Interview locationUniversity campus, in patient’ homes, private spaces at the community libraryGPs’ workplace; university campusHC: university campus
LW: LWs’ workplace; university campus
Interview lengthRanged 20–111 min (M duration=55 min)Ranged 21 min and 3 s to 51 min and 31 s (Mduration =34 min and 83 s)HC: ranged 40 min and 9 s to 76 min and 30 s (Mduration =62 min)
LW: ranged 30 min and 26 s to 70 min and 45 s (Mduration =48 min and 45 s)
Ethnicity84% (n=16) white and/or British71.43% (n=5) white British and (n=2) CaucasianHC: white British (n=3); LW: white British (n=4) and white (n=2)
RecruitmentAll first 456 recruited patients were invited once at least 3 months after recruitment. Invitations were sent in four waves to achieve a total of 19.Organisational contact pointsOrganisational contact points
Employment53% (n=10) retired
47% (n=9) in work
Living with42% (n=8) lived aloneN/AN/A
Referred by58% (n=11) GP
26% (n=5) self
16% (n=3) practice nurse
Referral reason53% (n=10) weight loss followed by support for 37% (n=7) multiple/complex needs including lonelinessN/AN/A
  • GP, general practitioner; HC, health coach; LW, link worker.