Table 2.

Characteristics of participants at baseline. Values are numbers (percentages) unless stated otherwise

No intervention (n=55)Leaflet only (n=53)Drug counselling only (n=52)Leaflet and counselling (n=53)Total (n=213)Controls (n=37)
Age (years):
   Mean43.946.243.847.345.347.4
   Range(21-78)(21-81)(21-83)(22-83)(21-83)(23-72)
   No of women34 (62)41 (77)42 (81)40 (75)157 (74)25 (68)
Social class:
   I-IIInm26 (47)33 (62)30 (58)31 (58)120 (56)21 (57)
   IIIm-V/other29 (53)20 (38)22 (42)22 (42)93 (44)16 (43)
Major depression:
   Past month24 (44)25 (47)24 (46)31 (58)104 (49)
   Past 3 months27 (49)25 (47)28 (54)32 (60)112 (53)
Mean (SD) hospital anxiety and depression scores:
   Anxiety12.5 (3.6)12.3 (5.0)12.5 (4.6)13.0 (4.6)12.6 (4.4)
   Depression9.9 (3.8)10.4 (4.9)9.7 (4.0)10.8 (4.4)10.2 (4.3)
Previous treatment:
   Any previous treatment29 (53)38 (72)32 (62)34 (64)133 (62)22 (59)
   General practitoner prescription22 (40)31 (58)25 (48)27 (51)105 (49)16 (43)
   Outpatient psychiatry4 (7)2 (4)6 (12)5 (9)17 (8)3 (8)
   Inpatient psychiatry3 (5)5 (9)1 (2)2 (4)11 (5)3 (8)
   Tricyclic antidepressants8 (15)11 (21)8 (15)7 (13)34 (16)7 (19)
Initial treatment:
   Once daily52 (95)52 (98)51 (98)53 (100)208 (98)31 (84)
   Mean (SE) dose (mg)53.9 (3.2)52.1 (3.6)44.9 (3.3)47.9 (3.7)49.8 (1.7)59.6 (7.0)