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Table 1 Demographic and clinical data

From: Patients’ assessment of chronic illness care: a validation study among patients with type 2 diabetes in Finland

  Study sample n = 2681 Whole sample n = 2866
Characteristic Values are % or mean (SD)
Gender
 Male 55.8 55.9
Age 63.2 (7.7) 63.4 (7.8)
Age
 27 to 54 13.0 12.7
 55 to 64 38.7 37.9
 65 to 75 48.3 49.4
Professional education   
 Upper secondary education (vocational school) or less 59.0 59.8
 Higher education (college, polytechnic, university) 41.0 40.2
Marital status
 Single 9.6 9.8
 Married/cohabiting 67.0 66.5
 Widowed/divorced 23.4 23.7
Duration of diabetes
 1–3 years 19.7 19.5
 4–10 years 53.1 52.9
 More than 10 years 27.3 27.6
Medicationa
 Oral drugs only 74.6 74.7
 Oral drugs + insulin/insulin only 24.1 24.1
 Other (e.g. GLP-1 analog) 1.3 1.2
Service provider responsible for care of diabetesb  
 Municipal healthcare center 77.2 77.6
 Occupational healthcare service 18.4 18.2
 Private healthcare center 4.4 4.3
Perceived autonomy support (HCCQ) range 1–5 3.5 (1.2) 3.6 (1.2)
Perceived competence range 1–5 4.2 (0.9) 4.2 (0.9)
Diabetes empowerment range 1–5 4.0 (0.7) 4.0 (0.7)
Self-reported health
 Poor 50.7 50.7
 Good 26.6 26.4
 Very good 22.7 22.9
Continuity of care
 Regular physician (yes) 74.3 74.5
 Regular nurse (yes) 51.5 51.5
  1. a1.1% of all respondents (n = 32) used no medication for their diabetes (despite being on the SII register)
  2. b1% of all respondents (n = 30) reported not having visited a doctor/nurse for their diabetes during the last 2 years, and 1.4% (n = 40) had a hospital as their main service provider
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