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Table 1 Characteristics of study sample

From: Record linkage research and informed consent: who consents?

Characteristics Informed consent
  Yes (n = 12911) No (n = 1700)
  No. (%) No. (%)
Age     
   20–24 1605 (90.7) 164 (9.3)
   25–34 2974 (91.1) 289 (8.9)
   35–44 3071 (89.4) 365 (10.6)
   45–54 2443 (87.8) 339 (12.2)
   55–64 1366 (85.1) 240 (14.9)
   65–74 1010 (83.2) 204 (16.8)
   >=75 442 (81.7) 99 (18.3)
Gender     
   Male 6397 (88.9) 798 (11.1)
   Female 6514 (87.8) 902 (12.2)
Marital Status     
   Other 3065 (90.9) 307 (9.1)
   Married 9846 (87.6) 1393 (12.4)
Ethnicity     
   Fujianese 9870 (88.0) 1350 (12.0)
   Hakka 1207 (89.5) 141 (10.5)
   Indigenous people 347 (96.9) 11 (3.1)
   Others 1487 (88.2) 198 (11.8)
Education     
   College and above 3403 (90.1) 373 (9.9)
   Senior high school 3920 (89.8) 446 (10.2)
   Junior high school 2033 (89.7) 233 (10.3)
   Elementary school 2560 (87.0) 382 (13.0)
   Illiterate 995 (78.9) 266 (21.1)
Household Income     
   ≥NT$100,000 2309 (90.1) 255 (9.9)
   NT$70,000-NT$99,999 2462 (89.1) 302 (10.9)
   NT$50,000-NT$69,999 2795 (89.1) 341 (10.9)
   NT$30,000-NT$49,999 2911 (88.6) 376 (11.4)
   <NT$30,000 2434 (85.1) 426 (14.9)
Urbanization     
   Urban area 7271 (89.6) 847 (10.4)
   Suburban area 2398 (84.9) 426 (15.1)
   Rural area 3242 (88.4) 427 (11.6)
SF-36 Health Status Measures Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
   Physical functioning 91.6 (16.5) 88.4 (20.2)
   Role-physical 83.0 (33.9) 78.1 (38.0)
   Role-emotional 79.8 (36.0) 77.2 (38.0)
   Social functioning 86.7 (17.2) 84.9 (18.6)
   Bodily pain 81.6 (21.1) 79.6 (22.8)
   Vitality 67.8 (18.6) 64.1 (20.0)
   Mental health 73.1 (16.7) 71.4 (17.2)
   General health 72.6 (19.1) 70.3 (19.7)