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Table 1 Sample description of the use of emergency services. Pelotas, Brazil, 2004

From: Demand for emergency health service: factors associated with inappropriate use

Variables N (%)
Age in years (N = 1647)   
15 – 19 158 9.6
20 – 34 471 28.6
35 – 49 411 25.0
50 – 64 321 19.5
65 or more 286 17.4
Sex (N = 1647)   
Male 789 47.9
Female 858 52.1
Skin color (N = 1646)   
White 1264 76.8
Non-white 382 23.2
Marital status (N = 1647)   
Living without a partner 748 45.4
Living with a partner 899 54.6
Level of education – years of formal education (N = 1643)   
0 197 12.0
1–4 399 24.3
5–8 660 40.2
9–11 326 19.8
12 or more 61 3.7
Quintiles of an index derived from principal components analyses (N = 1642)   
1 (poorest) 455 27.7
2 246 15.0
3 303 18.5
4 311 18.9
5 (richest) 327 19.9