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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of the sample of people with chronic disease

From: The role of health literacy in explaining the association between educational attainment and the use of out-of-hours primary care services in chronically ill people: a survey study

   % or mean (SD)
(n = 1811)
Age in years   62.9 (14.0)
Sex Male 46.7
Female 53.3
Age group in years 15–39 7.3
40–64 40.4
65–74 32.8
75 and older 19.5
Education Low 31.0
Intermediate 42.2
High 24.4
Unknown 2.4
Household status Living alone 27.1
Living together 72.0
Unknown 0.9
First diagnosed chronic condition Cardiovascular disease 15.6
Respiratory disease 37.3
Musculoskeletal disease 10.4
Cancer 4.8
Diabetes 11.0
Neurological disease 5.0
Digestive disease 4.1
Unspecified other disease 11.9
Number of chronic conditions One 46.8
Two 30.7
Three or more 22.5
Illness duration in years (n = 1783)   12.8 (9.9)
used an out-of-hours primary care service in the past year No 75.8
Yes 19.7
Unknown 4.5