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Table 2 Socio-demographic variables, patients, and relatives

From: Telephone health services in the field of rare diseases: a qualitative interview study examining the needs of patients, relatives, and health care professionals in Germany

Sample characteristics   
Parameters Patients and relatives (n = 68) Physicians (n = 39)
Sex
 Male 23 23
 Female 45 16
Age
 Average 51 46
 Maximum/Minimum 85/18  
Educational qualification
 Abitur/A-levels 13  
 Secondary education 19  
 Technical collage/University 19 39
 Advanced technical college degree 12  
 Secondary modern school qualification 5  
Age at diagnosis
 Average 34  
 Maximum/Minimum 74/0  
Disease severity
 No specification 4  
 Low 8  
 Medium 28  
 Severe 28  
Profession
 Employed 31 39
 Housewife/Houseman 2  
 Unemployable/Special circumstance 15  
 Student/Scholar 2  
 Pensioner 18