Table 3

 Decisional role preferences by subgroup

Most preferred role type(and role)Care type (n = 230)Age group* (n = 230)Sex (n = 230)Duration of condition (years, n = 230)Highest level of education (n = 230)Socioeconomic group (n = 139)†Asthma severity‡ (after BTS/SIGN6)
Primary(n = 152)Secondary(n = 78)Younger (n = 115)Older(n = 115)Men(n = 97)Women (n = 133)⩽2(n = 13)2.1–5(n = 24)5.1–10(n = 41)>10(n = 152)None(n = 49)Sub- degree(n = 66)Degree +(n = 45)Work related(n = 70)1 and 2(n = 73)3–5(n = 21)6 and 7(n = 45)Mild(n = 115)Moderate(n = 55)Severe(n = 60)
Numbers in parentheses are percentages.
*Younger age group, ⩽ mean age (52 years); older age group, > mean age.
†Calculated only for those currently in work (n = 139). 1 and 2, professional and managerial; 3–5, technical, administrative and self-employed; 6 and 7, routine and semi-routine.
‡Mild, BTS/SIGN steps 1 and 2; moderate, BTS/SIGN step 3; severe, BTS/SIGN steps 4 and 5.
Active:36 (23.7)19 (24.3)35 (30.5)20 (17.4)22 (22.7)33 (24.8)3 (23.1)7 (29.2)9 (22.0)36 (23.7)9 (18.4)13 (19.7)14 (31.1)19 (27.1)26 (35.6)8 (38.1)9 (20.0)34 (29.6)9 (16.4)12 (20.0)
A10 (6.6)4 (5.1)8 (7.0)6 (5.2)4 (4.1)10 (7.5)0 (0)3 (12.5)2 (4.9)9 (5.9)4 (8.2)5 (7.6)1 (2.2)4 (5.7)4 (5.5)5 (23.8)1 (2.2)6 (5.2)4 (7.3)4 (6.7)
B26 (17.1)15 (19.2)27 (23.5)14 (12.2)18 (18.6)23 (17.3)3 (23.1)4 (16.7)7 (17.1)27 (17.8)5 (10.2)8 (12.1)13 (28.9)15 (21.4)22 (30.1)3 (14.3)8 (17.8)28 (24.4)5 (9.1)8 (13.3)
Collaborative: C53 (34.9)29 (37.2)44 (38.3)38 (33.0)32 (33.0)50 (37.6)6 (46.2)5 (20.8)16 (39.0)55 (36.2)10 (20.4)28 (42.4)21 (46.7)23 (32.9)32 (43.8)4 (19.1)18 (40.0)38 (33.0)21 (38.2)23 (38.3)
Passive:63 (41.4)30 (38.5)36 (31.3)57 (49.6)43 (44.3)50 (37.6)4 (30.8)12 (50.0)61 (39.0)16 (40.1)30 (61.2)25 (37.9)10 (22.2)28 (40.0)15 (20.6)9 (42.9)18 (40.0)43 (37.4)25 (45.4)25 (41.7)
D39 (25.6)22 (28.2)25 (21.7)36 (31.3)25 (25.8)36 (27.1)1 (7.7)5 (20.8)10 (24.4)45 (29.6)17 (34.7)21 (31.8)8 (17.8)15 (21.4)11 (15.1)6 (28.6)11 (24.4)30 (26.1)17 (30.9)14 (23.4)
E24 (15.8)8 (10.3)11 (9.6)21 (18.3)18 (18.6)14 (10.5)3 (23.1)7 (29.2)6 (14.6)16 (10.5)13 (26.5)4 (6.1)2 (4.4)13 (18.6)4 (5.5)3 (14.3)7 (15.6)13 (11.3)8 (14.5)11 (18.3)
Total152 (100)78 (100)115 (100)115 (100)97 (100)133 (100)13 (100)24 (100)152 (100)41 (100)49 (100)66 (100)45 (100)70 (100)73 (100)21 (100)45 (100)115 (100)55 (100)60 (100)