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Table 1 Characteristics of participants (n = 602), China, 2018

From: Quality analysis of discharge instruction among 602 hospitalized patients in China: a multicenter, cross-sectional study

  Characteristics Mean (SD) Frequency(n) Percentage(%)
Gender Male   374 62.1
Female   228 37.9
Age <60   221 36.7
≥60   381 63.3
Marital status Single   27 4.5
Married   522 86.7
  Divorced/widowed   53 8.8
Living arrangement Living alone   34 5.6
Living with family   568 94.4
Living environment Urban area   404 67.1
Town   129 21.4
Rural   69 11.5
Education level Junior high school or less
or less
  231 38.4
High school   233 38.7
College or higher   138 22.9
Employment employed   146 24.3
unemployed   456 75.7
Household income per capita ≤2420   59 9.8
2421 ~ 4000   157 26.1
4001 ~ 5000   200 33.2
≥5001   186 30.9
Payment methods Public expense   535 88.9
At own expense   67 11.1
Medical diagnoses Stroke   131 21.8
CAD   132 21.9
Cancer   145 24.1
COPD   88 14.6
Diabetes   106 17.6
Disease course   4.21 (6.38)   
Length of stay   11.55 (16.23)   
Hospitalization frequency First hospitalization   236 39.2
Re-hospitalization   169 28.1
Multiple hospitalizations   197 32.7
Knowledge of disease Know-nothing   49 8.1
Know part of it   281 46.7
Master   272 45.2
Need to take medicine regularly for a long time YES   513 85.2
NO   89 14.8