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Table 1 Characteristics of the participants differentiated by type of hospital

From: Patients’ expectations of variation in quality of care relates to their search for comparative performance information

  Total University hospital Teaching hospital Community hospital
n % n % N % n %
Women 158 57 45 55 65 57 48 58
Men 121 43 37 45 49 43 35 42
Age ≤65* 107 40 45 56 42 39 20 25
>65* 163 60 35 44 67 62 61 75
Low level of education 222 81 64 79 86 76 72 90
High level of education 52 19 17 21 27 24 8 10
Total primary hip replacements* 179 65 58 72 69 61 52 63
Total primary knee replacements 97 35 23 28 44 39 30 37
Received no previous treatment in current hospital 59 21 27 34 18 16 14 17
Received previous treatment in current hospital 217 79 53 66 98 84 68 83
Did not receive hospital choice options from GPs 217 80 58 72 94 84 65 82
Received hospital choice options from GPs 55 20 23 28 18 16 14 18
Unaware that they could compare hospital performance 67 24 22 27 26 23 19 23
Aware that they could compare hospital performance 210 76 60 73 87 77 69 77
Did not search for CPI 242 87 68 83 97 85 77 93
Searched for CPI 37 13 14 17 17 15 6 7
Expectations of quality differences in hospital care         
No differences 91 33 17 21 36 32 38 46
Yes, small differences 137 49 37 45 59 52 41 49
Yes, large differences 51 18 28 34 19 17 4 5
  1. *Not every score accumulates to 279 because of missing characteristic data.
  2. Data were based on answers from eligible respondents about the search for comparative performance information and expectations of quality differences in hospital care.
  3. CPI = comparative performance information; GP = general practitioner.