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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of residents approached for participation and of the informed consent process

From: Monitoring for COVID-19 by universal testing in a homeless shelter in Germany: a prospective feasibility cohort study

  Residents approached (n = 93)
Sex Female 15 (16.1%)
  Male 74 (79.6%)
Age, median, years (IQR) 47 (34–54)
Daytime of information Morning 2 (2.2%)
Noon 0
Evening 88 (94.6%)
Individual information 59 (63.4%)
Group information 31 (33.3%)
Language mediation Yes 53 (57%)
No 37 (39.8%)
Language of consultation German 37 (39.8%)
Russian 17 (18.3%)
English 16 (17.2%)
Polish 12 (12.9%)
Romanian 6 (6.5%)
French 1 (1.1%)
Duration, median, minutes (IQR) 10 (5–10)
Questions of participants 3 = general procedure of the study
2 = communication of results
2 = times of specimen collection
1 = potential costs
1 = aim of study
Concerns of participants 2 = use of personal data
1 = giving signature
Difficulties perceived by co-researcher team 9 = difficulties in communication (language barriers)
3 = uncertainty
2 = moving out soon
2 = lack of interest
Consent to participation Yes 51 (54.8%)
  No 42 (45.2%); 5 later withdrawn
  1. Data are n (%); age and duration with median (interquartile range). Missing data: sex (n = 4), daytime (n = 3), individual/group information (n = 3), language spoken (n = 4)