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Table 2 The main socio-demographic characteristics of respondents

From: The prevalence of self-reported underuse of medications due to cost for the elderly: results from seven European urban communities

Variable %/n
Lithuania Sweden Germany Italy Spain Portugal Greece All countries
Sex         
 Male 35.7/225 46.8/293 47.1/305 43.0/270 42.8/272 39.0/256 44.6/287 42.7/1908
 Female 64.3/405 53.2/333 52.9/343 57.0/358 57.2/364 61.0/400 55.4/356 57.3/2559
Age group         
 60–64 years 23.2/146 33.9/212 21.7/137 22.5/141 23.3/148 24.5/161 27.8/179 25.2/1124
 65–69 years 23.5/148 23.8/149 28.4/184 22.6/142 22.0/140 24.4/160 25.7/165 24.4/1088
 70–74 years 23.2/146 16.9/106 23.5/152 20.5/129 22.5/143 21.0/138 22.9/147 21.5/961
 74–79 years 19.2/121 13.3/83 16.0/104 18.9/119 17.8/113 17.5/115 14.6/94 16.8/749
 80–84 years 11.0/69 12.1/76 11.0/71 15.4/97 14.5/92 12.5/82 9.0/58 12.2/545
Lives alone         
 No 75.8/475 66.1/414 67.3/429 86.9/546 82.14/522 78.4/514 73.7/474 75.8/3374
 Yes 24.2/152 33.9/212 32.7/208 13.1/82 17.9/114 21.6/142 26.3/169 24.2/1079
Education         
 Less than primary 5.6/34 2.3/14 1.3/8 4.3/27 60.0/381 11.4/75 19.0/122 15.1/661
 Primary 24.3/147 31.1/193 2.2/13 34.6/217 13.1/83 36.4/239 31.2/200 24.9/1092
 Secondary 46.7/283 33.3/207 67.2/405 50.3/316 11.5/73 36.1/237 40.7/261 40.6/1782
 University 23.4/142 33.3/207 29.4/177 10.8/68 15.4/98 16.0/105 9.0/58 19.5/855
Economic hardship         
 Never 26.8/169 64.0/400 52.5/339 41.4/259 31.8/202 29.7/195 6.4/41 36.0/1605
 Quite often 37.8/238 26.4/165 31.7/205 35.8/224 9.9/63 23.0/151 23.5/151 26.8/1197
 Often 21.4/135 5.4/34 11.5/74 15.3/96 15.1/96 11.3/74 28.1/181 15.5/690
 Always 14.0/88 4.2/26 4.3/28 7.5/47 43.2/275 36.0/236 42.0/270 21.7/970
  1. n number of observed persons