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Table 2 Self-reported demographic, health and hospital usage characteristics of respondents to the survey, N = 3118a

From: Health literacy profile of recently hospitalised patients in the private hospital setting: a cross sectional survey using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)

Demographic, health and hospital characteristics  
  Median (IQR)
Body Mass Index (BMI), kg/cm2 (N = 2782) 25.8 (23.1, 29.0)
  N (%)
Lives alone (N = 1276) 635 (20.6)
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander (N = 3092) 6 (0.2)
English speaking at home (N = 3098) 2992 (96.7)
Highest level of education (N = 3070)
 Did not complete secondary education 564 (18.3)
 High school completed 596 (19.4)
 TAFE or Trade completed 477 (15.5)
 Completed undergraduate university degree 934 (30.4)
 Completed postgraduate university degree 499 (16.3)
Employment Status (N = 3075)
 Retired 1610 (52.4)
 Working part/full-time 988 (32.1)
 Home duties 217 (7.1)
 Permanently unable to work/ill 79 (2.6)
 Student 41 (1.3)
 Other employment statusb 140 (4.6)
In receipt of benefits (age, Veterans Affairs, unemployment, disability or other pension (N = 3073) 1033 (33.1)
Household annual income (N = 3118)
 Less than $30,000 413 (13.2)
 $30,000–$49,999 426 (13.7)
 $50,000–$74,999 379 (12.2)
 $75,000–$99,999 303 (9.7%)
 ≥ $100,000 789 (25.3)
 Rather not say/did not indicate 808 (25.9%)
Current smoker (N = 3065) 98 (3.2)
Alcohol consumption (N = 3065)
 Never 508 (16.0)
 Sometimes 1627 (53.1)
 2 or less standard glasses a day 713 (23.3)
 More than 2 standard glasses a day 217 (7.1)
Internet usage (N = 3069)
 Never/Less than once a month 583 (19.0)
 At least once a month or more 2486 (80.9)
Longstanding illness or disability (N = 3056)
 ≥ 4 chronic conditions 358 (11.5)
 Arthritis 951 (31.1)
 Back Pain 817 (26.7)
 Heart Problems 916 (30.0)
 Asthma or lung condition 462 (15.1)
 Cancer 520 (117.2)
 Depression or anxiety 396 (13.0)
 Diabetes 353 (11.6)
 Stroke 122 (4.0)
 Other conditions 685 (22.4)
 None 674 (22.1)
Private health insurance (N = 3075) 2918 (94.9)
Physical activity ≥3.5 h exercise/week (N = 1285) 2210 (70.8)
Self-reported ED admission in the last 12 months (N = 3090) 1653 (53.5)
Needed assistance to complete the questionnaire (N = 3094) 242 (7.8)
  1. aNot all respondents provided data for all questions in the survey
  2. bOther employment included temporarily unable to work, causal employment, unemployed or maternity leave