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Table 2 Background information of the respondents in the study of outpatient waiting areas (n = 680)

From: Hospital outpatient perceptions of the physical environment of waiting areas: the role of patient characteristics on atmospherics in one academic medical center

Variables Scale Frequency % Mean SD
Patient characteristics      
Gender Male 277 40.70   
  Female 403 59.30   
Age (years)   Min:16 Max: 86 37.56 12.84
Education Undergraduate and above 372 54.71   
  Senior high school 213 31.32   
  Junior high school 36 5.29   
  Elementary school and below 21 3.09   
  Missing 38 5.59   
Monthly income (money rate: Taiwan NT$: USA$ ≈ 33:1)
  NT$20,000 below 67 9.85   
  NT$20,000–29,999 124 18.24   
  NT$30,000–49,999 157 23.09   
  NT$50,000–69,999 83 12.21   
  NT$70,000–above 45 6.62   
  No salary 104 15.29   
  Missing 100 14.71   
Living area City residents 372 54.71   
  Outside city residents 276 40.59   
  Missing 32 4.71   
Patient visiting information      
Visits First-time patients 553 0.81   
  Returning patients 124 0.18   
  Missing 3 0.00   
Visiting time Morning 340 50.0   
  Afternoon 340 50.0   
Waiting areas Internal Medicines 160 23.53   
  Surgeries 120 17.65   
  Ophthalmology 40 5.88   
  Obstetrics-Gynecology-Pediatrics 80 11.76   
  Chinese Medicine 120 17.65   
  Otolaryngology 40 5.88   
  Orthopedics 40 5.88   
  Family Medicine 40 5.88   
  Dermatology 40 5.88