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Table 2 Background characteristics of study sample and Dutch populationa

From: The public’s voice about healthcare quality regulation policies. A population-based survey

  Number Study sample % Dutch population (18 and older) 2013 %
Gender 875   
 Female 416 47.7 % 50.5 %
 Male 458 52.3 % 49.5 %
Age 875   
 18–39 275 31.4 % 34.0 %
 40–64 405 46.3 % 44.8 %
 65 and older 195 22.3 % 21.2 %
Ethnicity 874   
 Dutch 840 96.1 % 78.9 %
 Other 34 3.9 % 21.1 %
Education level 841   
 Low (none, primary school or prevocational education) 132 15.7 % 30.4 %b
 Medium (secondary or vocational education) 484 57.6 % 40.3 %b
 High (professional higher education or university) 225 26.8 % 28.3 %b
Work in healthcare 846   not available
 No, I have never worked in healthcare 590 69.7 %  
 Yes, I am currently working in healthcare 122 14.4 %  
 Yes, I worked in healthcare in the past 134 15.8 %  
  1. aData about the Dutch population come from Statistics Netherlands
  2. bThese percentages apply to the Dutch population aged 15–65 in 2012. The educational level of the remaining percentage is unknown