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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of geriatric patients in our sample

From: Geriatric patients' expectations of their physicians: findings from a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan

Baseline Characteristics Frequency
(n = 380)
%
Age in years   
- 65-70 160 42.1
- 71-75 71 18.7
- 76-80 76 20
- 81-85 58 15.3
- 85-90 15 3.9
Gender   
-Male 132 34.7
-Female 248 65.3
Marital Status   
-Single 52 13.7
-Married (and living with spouse) 179 47.1
-Divorced or Separated 57 15
-Widowed 92 24.2
Education   
-Illiterate/Can read or write name only 56 14.7
-Up to Primary * 58 15.3
-Up to Secondary ** 70 18.4
-Up to Higher Secondary *** 108 28.4
-Graduation or Post graduation 88 23.2
Cumulative household income in Pakistani Rupees ^   
- <5000 51 13.4
-5000-10,000 56 14.7
- > 10,000-25,000 98 25.8
- > 25,000-50,000 121 31.8
- > 50,000-100,000 36 9.5
- > 100,000 18 4.7
Frequency of experiencing health complaints   
- Daily 59 15.5
- 2-5 times a week 126 33.2
- Once a week 85 22.4
- Twice or thrice a month 50 13.2
- Once a month 17 4.5
- Less frequently than once a month 43 11.3
Frequency of Visits to the Doctor   
- Weekly 18 4.7
- Every 2-4 weeks 40 10.5
- Every 2-3 months 239 62.9
- Every 6 months 70 18.4
- Annually 13 3.4
Currently Smoking   
Yes 83 21.8
No 297 78.2
  1. * Upto grade 5, ** Upto grade 10, *** Upto grade 12, ^ 1 US $: 83.23 PK Rupees