Table 1

Equality-of-proportions test between the follow-up sample and total telemedicine early medical abortion population

ParameterTelemedicine EMA population April–August 2020 (n=9049) n (%)Telemedicine EMA follow-up sample April–August 2020 (n=1243) n (%)Percentage point differenceEquality-of-proportions test p value
Age group (years)
<20615 (6.8)67 (5.4)−1.40.024*
20–294008 (44.3)512 (41.2)−3.10.014*
30–393678 (40.7)516 (41.5)+0.80.268
40+721 (8.0)121 (9.7)+1.70.011*
Unknown27 (0.3)27 (2.2)+1.9<0.001**
Ethnicity
White British/White other5968 (66.0)787 (63.3)−2.70.025*
Mixed/multiple ethnicities453 (5.0)69 (5.6)+0.60.191
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British950 (10.5)158 (12.7)+2.20.006**
Asian/Asian British733 (8.1)93 (7.5)−0.60.212
Other ethnic group (not specified)166 (1.8)26 (2.1)+0.30.246
Unknown ethnicity779 (8.6)110 (8.9)+0.30.382
Marital status
Single2971 (32.8)387 (31.1)−1.70.102
Partnered3178 (35.1)415 (33.4)−1.70.100
Married/civil partnership1614 (17.8)242 (19.5)+1.70.067
Separated/widowed/divorced228 (2.5)40 (3.2)+0.70.058
Unknown marital status1058 (11.7)159 (12.8)+1.10.113
Home region
East England3 (0.03)0 (0.0)−0.00.271
East Midlands46 (0.5)4 (0.3)−0.20.176
East of England1008 (11.1)194 (15.6)+4.5<0.001**
Greater London4197 (46.4)625 (50.3)+3.90.003**
North East582 (6.4)38 (3.1)−3.4<0.001**
North West1581 (17.5)205 (16.5)−1.00.182
South East966 (10.7)67 (5.4)5.3<0.001**
South West560 (6.2)76 (6.1)−0.80.456
West Midlands77 (0.9)7 (0.6)−0.30.135
Region unknown29 (0.3)27 (2.2)+1.9<0.001**
Postal vs pick-up
Postal only5381 (59.5)816 (65.6)+6.2<0.001**
Pick-up only3476 (38.4)380 (30.6)7.8<0.001**
Unknown or combination (ie, repeats)192 (2.1)47 (3.8)+0.1<0.001**
Previous abortions
At least one previous abortion4380 (48.4)599 (48.2)−0.20.441
Previous live births
At least one previous live birth5654 (62.5)809 (65.1)+2.60.029*
Previous miscarriage
At least one previous miscarriage2026 (22.4)303 (24.4)+2.00.047*
Previous caesarean section
At least one previous caesarean section1364 (15.1)209 (16.8)+1.70.043*
Total9049 (100)1243 (100)
  • Percentage point difference: values greater than ±5 points are indicated in bold type.

  • Equality-of-proportions test: *significant p<0.05, **very significant p<0.01.

  • EMA, early medical abortion.