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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of the respondents

From: Social support plays a role in the attitude that people have towards taking an active role in medical decision-making

  N   % or mean (SD)
Gender 1300   
 Male   583 44.9
 Female   717 55.2
Age (SD) 1300   56 (15.8)
Education 1270   
 Low (none, primary school or pre-vocational education)   273 21.5
 Middle (secondary or vocational education)   596 46.9
 High (professional higher education or university)   401 31.6
Questionnaire 1300   
 Post   571 43.9
 Internet   729 56.1
Attitude towards taking an active role in medical decision-making (SD) (range 1-5, higher scores indicates a more positive attitude) 1285   3.22 (1.03)
Available medical informational support (SD) (range 0-3) 1146   1.01 (1.03)
 Having no medical informational support available    39 %
Available lay informational support (SD) (range 0-6) 1269   5.40 (1.43)
 Having no lay informational support available    4 %
Available emotional support (SD) (range 0–4) 1276   3.20 (1.23)
 Having no emotional support available    8 %