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Table 1 Categorisation and definition of sociodemographic and socioeconomic indicators

From: Use of general practice, diagnostic investigations and hospital services before and after cancer diagnosis - a population-based nationwide registry study of 127,000 incident adult cancer patients

Demographic and socioeconomic indicators Categorisation Definition
Age 40-59 years Age was calculated at the day of diagnosis for the cancer patients. Controls were matched on age and were thus in the same age group as their respective cases.
60-79 years
>80 years
Country of origin Danish Western countries are defined as: Nordic countries, European Union countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican State, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand. Non-Western countries are all remaining countries.
Immigrant/descendant Western
Immigrant/descendant non-Western
Marital status Married Married are persons living in civil union or being married. Remaining persons belong to the not married category.
Not married
Education Basic Highest attained education categorised according to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). Basic: Primary and lower secondary, 0–10 years.
Short Short: Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary, 11–15 years.
Long Long: Tertiary and advanced research programmes, >15 years.
Labour market affiliation Working Based on main employment during the preceding 12 months.
Leave and other
Income Lowest 20% Taxable income during the preceding 12 months using the OECD-modified scale.
Middle 50%
Highest 30%