TABLE 1

Patient characteristics, internet access, use and willingness to use an online supportive breathlessness intervention (SELF-BREATHE)

AllInternet usersNon-internet users
Participants (n)25214
Age years#70 (47–86)67 (47–84)84 (70–86)
Age category years
 41–501 (4%)1 (5%)-
 51–606 (24%)6 (24%)-
 61–707 (28%)7 (28%)1 (25%)
 71–806 (24%)6 (24%)-
 81–905 (20%)5 (20%)3 (75%)
MRC dyspnoea score#3 (2–5)3 (2–4)4 (4–5)
MRC dyspnoea category
 MRC 26 (24%)6 (29%)-
 MRC 311 (44%)11 (52%)-
 MRC 47 (28%)4 (19%)3 (75%)
 MRC 51 (4%)1 (25%)
Sex (male: female)15:1013: 82: 2
Ethnicity
 White21 (84%)17 (81%)4 (100%)
 Asian or Asian British2 (8%)2 (9.5%)0 (0%)
 Black, African, Caribbean or Black British2 (8%)2 (9.5%)0 (0%)
Primary diagnosis
 COPD13 (52%)10 (48%)3 (75%)
 Lung cancer8 (32%)7 (33%)1(25%)
 Interstitial lung disease3 (12%)3 (14%)0 (0%)
 Bronchiectasis1 (4%)1 (5%)0 (0%)
Smoking status
 Nonsmoker3 (12%)3 (14%)0 (0%)
 Ex-smoker19 (76%)17 (81%)2 (50%)
 Current smoker3 (12%)1 (5%)2 (50%)
Living situation
 Alone14 (56%)13 (62%)1 (25%)
 Living with significant other/family11 (44%)8 (38%)3 (75%)
Support provided by a carer
 Yes5 (20%)2 (9.5%)3 (75%)
 No20 (80%)19 (90.5%)1 (25%)
Internet access
 Yes21 (84%)21 (100%)0 (0%)
 No4 (16%)4 (100%)
Mode of accessing the internet
 None4 (16%)0 (0%)4 (100%)
 One7 (28%)7 (33%)0 (0%)
 Two or more14 (56%)14 (67%)0 (0%)
Confidence in using the internet
 No5 (20%)1 (5%)4 (100%)
 Low6 (24%)6 (28%)0 (0%)
 High14 (56%)14 (67%)0 (0%)
Would you use SELF-BREATHE?
 No4 (16%)0 (0%)4 (100%)
 Unsure1 (4%)1 (5%)0 (0%)
 Yes, with help setting up4 (16%)4 (19%)0 (0%)
 Yes, definitely16 (64%)16 (76%)0 (0%)

Data expressed as n (%) unless otherwise indicated. MRC: Medical Research Council. #: denotes data expressed as median (range).