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Table 2 Characteristics of the test readers (N = 94)

From: Evidence-based health information from the users’ perspective – a qualitative analysis

Characteristic Women Men
Number 59 35
Age 47.0 years (Mean) 57.9 years (Mean)
51 years (Median) 63 years (Median)
15 – 82 years 15 – 79 years
Nationality   
German 96.6% 97.1%
Croatian 1.7% 2.9%
Slovakian 1.7% -
Educational level   
No high school degree (yet) 10.2% 2.9%
General secondary school/polytechnic school 3.4% 2.9%
Intermediate secondary school 33.9% 8.6%
Vocational school degree 8.5% 5.7%
A-levels/general entrance qualification for university or university of applied science 13.6% 8.6%
Higher educational studies or training 30.5% 71.4%
Professional group   
Home-maker 3.4% 2.9%
Employee 50.8% 40.0%
(Blue-collar) worker - -
Self-employed 11.9% 8.6%
Civil servant 5.1% 37.1%
University student 3.4% -
Pupil/trainee 23.7% 8.6%
Other 1.7% 2.9%
Further attributes   
Chronically ill 35.6% 45.7%
Member of a self-help group 5.1% 14.3%
Personal connection to the text discussed 31.9% 14.9%