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Table 1 Demographics of study participants in the hospital and community settings

From: Patients’ ability to read and understand dosing instructions of their own medicines – a cross sectional study in a hospital and community pharmacy setting

  HPS CPS
Variable Total Men Women Total Men Women
Gender, N (%) 400 (100) 125 (31.3) 275 (68.7) 400 (100) 177 (44.3) 223 (55.8)
Age groups, N (%)
 18–30 29 (7.3) 15 (12) 14 (5.1) 43 (10.8) 17 (9.6) 26 (11.7)
 31–50 98 (24.5) 30 (24) 68 (24.7) 92 (23.0) 33 (18.6) 59 (26.5)
 51–70 215 (53.8) 60 (48) 155 (56.4) 195 (48.8) 83 (46.9) 112 (50.2)
 > 70 58 (14.5) 20 (16) 38 (13.8) 70 (17.5) 44 (24.9) 26 (11.7)
Education level, N (%)
 Grade 1–5 44 (11) 8 (6.4) 36 (13.1) 10 (2.5) 4 (2.3) 6 (2.7)
 Grade 6–10 103 (25.8) 33 (26.4) 70 (25.5) 153 (38.3) 71 (40.1) 82 (36.8)
 Up to Ordinary Level only 167 (41.8) 59 (47.2) 108 (39.3) 34 (8.5) 15 (8.5) 19 (8.5)
 Up to Advanced Level only 79 (19.8) 23 (18.4) 56 (20.4) 135 (33.8) 56 (31.6) 79 (35.4)
 Degree level 6 (0.5) 2 (1.6) 4 (1.5) 27 (6.8) 14 (7.9) 13 (5.8)
 Postgraduate 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 6 (1.5) 2 (1.1) 4 (1.8)
 Other (E.g.Diploma) 1 (0.1) 0 (0) 1 (0.4) 35 (8.8) 15 (8.5) 20 (9.0)
Patient/ caregiver, N (%)
 Patient 380 (95) 119 (95.2) 261 (94.9) 386 (96.5) 171 (96.6) 215 (96.4)
 Caregiver 20 (5) 6 (4.8) 14 (5.1) 14 (3.5) 6 (3.4) 8 (3.6)
Prescription type, N (%)
 New prescriptions 96 (24) 42 (33.6) 54 (19.6) 108 (27.0) 53 (29.9) 55 (24.7)
 Refill prescriptions 304 (76) 83 (66.4) 221 (80.4) 292 (73.0) 124 (70.1) 168 (75.3)
Number of medicines dispensed
 Total number; Mode 1200    1372   
 Mode 3    2   
 Min – Max 1–9    1–13   
  1. HPS Hospital pharmacy setting, CPS Community pharmacy setting