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Table 1 Characteristics of eligible survey respondents

From: How do people choose to be informed? A survey of the information searched for in the choice of primary care provider in Sweden

Characteristics of eligible respondents Switchers with internal motivations
% (n = 325)
Switchers with external motivations
% (n = 294)
Potential switchers with internal motivations
% (n = 218)
Potential switchers with external motivations
% (n = 64)
Total
% (N = 901)
Gender
 Female 53 (172) 52 (154) 55 (120) 55 (35) 53 (481)
 Male 47 (153) 48 (140) 45 (98) 45 (29) 47 (420)
Country of birth
 Sweden 93 (303) 94 (276) 92 (201) 98 (63) 94 (843)
 Other Nordic country 2 (7) 3 (9) 6 (12) 2 (1) 3 (29)
 Other European country 4 (12) 2 (5) 2 (4) 0 (0) 2 (21)
 Outside Europe 1 (3) 1 (3) 0 (1) 0 (0) 1 (7)
 No answer 0 (0) 0 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (1)
Age
 18–24 6 (18) 21 (61) 6 (13) 27 (17) 12 (109)
 25–34 9 (30) 28 (83) 12 (27) 30 (19) 18 (159)
 35–44 9 (29) 10 (30) 12 (26) 5 (3) 10 (88)
 45–54 20 (64) 11 (33) 24 (53) 6 (4) 17 (154)
 55–64 14 (46) 6 (19) 16 (34) 5 (3) 11 (102)
 65–74 21(67) 13 (39) 11(25) 11 (7) 15 (138)
 75+ 22 (71) 10 (29) 18 (40) 17 (11) 17 (151)
 No answer 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0)
Education
 Elementary school 7 (23) 5 (16) 7 (16) 5 (3) 6 (58)
 Upper secondary school 36 (118) 34 (101) 39 (86) 44 (28) 37(333)
 University studies 56 (183) 60 (176) 52 (114) 52 (33) 56 (506)
 No answer 0 (1) 0 (1) 1(2) 0 (0) 0 (4)
Employment
 Full time employed 44 (142) 40 (118) 52 (114) 36 (23) 44 (397)
 Employed by the hour 2 (5) 7 (22) 5 (10) 12 (8) 5 (45)
 Student/leave of absence 8 (25) 21 (63) 7 (15) 20 (13) 13 (116)
 On sick leave 1(3) 3 (8) 2 (5) 2 (1) 2 (17)
 Pensioner 41 (132) 23 (69) 29 (64) 27 (17) 31 (282)
 Other 5 (17) 4 (11) 5 (10) 3 (2) 4 (40)
 No answer 0 (0) 1 (3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (4)
Income per month (SEK)
 -9999 7 (22) 20 (58) 8 (17) 11 (7) 12 (104)
 10,000–19,999 21(68) 18 (52) 22 (48) 41 (26) 22 (194)
 20,000–29,900 37 (120) 32 (95) 34 (75) 30 (19) 34 (309)
 30,000–39,999 17 (54) 18 (52) 19 (42) 9 (6) 17 (154)
 40,000+ 8 (27) 6 (19) 9 (20) 2 (1) 7 (67)
 No answer 10 (34) 6 (18) 7 (16) 8 (5) 8 (73)
Place of residence
 Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö 8 (26) 12 (35) 10 (22) 11 (7) 10 (90)
 Suburb to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö 3 (10) 5 (14) 5 (11) 5 (3) 4 (38)
 City > 3000 inhabitants 74 (240) 67 (197) 69 (151) 72 (46) 71 (634)
 City < 3000 inhabitants 15 (49) 15 (45) 15 (33) 12 (8) 15 (135)
 Don’t know/No answer 0 (0) 1 (3) 0 (1) 0 (0) 0 (4)
Self-estimated health
 Very good/Good 70 (228) 79 (231) 58 (127) 67 (43) 70 (629)
 Fair 26 (83) 17 (50) 33 (71) 31(20) 25 (224)
 Poor/Very poor 4 (12) 4 (11) 9 (20) 2 (1) 5 (44)
 No answer 1 (2) 1 (2) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (4)
Number of visits to provider in the last 12 months
 Never 14 (45) 21(62) 17 (36) 28 (18) 18 (161)
 1–2 times 41 (134) 46 (135) 39 (86) 39 (25) 42 (380)
 3–4 times 27 (89) 20 (58) 25 (55) 17 (11) 24 (213)
 5–10 times 15 (49) 10 (29) 14 (31) 9 (6) 13 (115)
 11+ times 2 (8) 3 (10) 5 (10) 6 (4) 4 (32)
 Don’t know/No answer 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Motivations for switching
 Moving house 87 (255) 91 (58) 35 (313)
 Provider closed offices 13 (39) 9 (6) 5 (45)
 New provider opened 19 (63) 6 (12) 8 (75)
 Another provider seemed better 33 (108) 41 (90) 22 (198)
 Dissatisfaction with earlier provider 47 (154) 53 (116) 30 (270)