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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants by type of recruitment

From: Understanding recruitment: outcomes associated with alternate methods for seed selection in respondent driven sampling

Variable Arm 1 recruits (n = 196) Arm 2 seeds (n = 118) Arm 2 recruits (n = 264) pvalue
Education     
Graduate or in school 84 (42.9) 29 (24.6) 96 (36.3) 0.005
Dropped out or unsure 112 (57.1) 89 (75.4) 168 (63.6)  
Income     
Full/part-time work 36 (18.4) 8 (6.8) 39 (14.8) 0.017
Support 160 (81.6) 110 (93.2) 225 (85.2)  
Housing     
Private residence 106 (54.1) 54 (45.8) 160 (60.6) 0.024
Public residence 90 (45.9) 64 (54.2) 104 (39.4)  
Gender     
Male 110 (56.1) 53 (44.9) 143 (54.2) 0.191
Female 82 (41.8) 64 (54.2) 119 (45.1)  
Transgender 4 (2.0) 1 (0.9) 2 (0.8)  
Ethnicity     
Caucasian 62 (31.6) 10 (8.5) 57 (21.6) <0.0001
Aboriginal 80 (40.8) 80 (67.8) 150 (56.8)  
Metis 42 (21.4) 24 (20.3) 47 (17.8)  
Other/unsure 12 (6.1) 4 (3.4) 10 (3.8)  
Solvent use     
No 136 (69.4) 64 (54.2) 147 (55.7) 0.004
Yes 60 (30.6) 54 (45.8) 117 (44.3)  
IDU     
No 101 (51.5) 53 (44.9) 136 (51.5) 0.441
Yes 95 (48.8) 65 (55.1) 128 (48.5)  
Street-involved youth     
No 161 (82.1) 99 (83.9) 246 (93.2) 0.001
Yes 35 (17.9) 19 (16.1) 18 (6.8)  
MSM     
No 179 (91.3) 115 (97.5) 254 (96.2) 0.023
Yes 17 (8.7) 3 (2.5) 10 (3.8)  
Sex work     
No 182 (92.9) 97 (82.2) 228 (86.4) 0.014
Yes 14 (7.1) 21 (17.8) 36 (13.6)