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Table 1 Definitions of variables

From: The impact of current smoking, regular drinking, and physical inactivity on health care-seeking behavior in China

Variable Description
Dependent variable
 Health care-seeking behavior Coded: 1 if the individual self-reported consulting a doctor; 0 otherwise
Independent variable
 Smoking status
  Current smoking Coded: 1 if the individual currently smokes cigarettes; 0 otherwise
  Former smoking Coded: 1 if the individual has quit smoking; 0 otherwise
  Never smoking Coded: 1 if the individual has never smoked; 0 otherwise
  Regular drinking Coded: 1 if the individual drank alcohol at least 3 times a week in past month; 0 otherwise
  Physical inactivity Coded: 1 if the individual never participated in physical exercise in the past week; 0 otherwise
 Age group
  16–24 Coded: 1 if the individual is 16–24 years old; 0 otherwise
  25–64 Coded: 1 if the individual is 25–64 years old; 0 otherwise
   > =65 Coded: 1 if the individual is > = 65 years old; 0 otherwise
  Male Coded: 1 if the individual is male; 0 for female
 Educational attainment
  Illiterate Coded: 1 if the individual is illiterate; 0 otherwise
  Elementary school Coded: 1 if the individual attends elementary school; 0 otherwise
  Middle school Coded: 1 if the individual graduated from middle school; 0 otherwise
  High school Coded: 1 if the individual graduated from high school; 0 otherwise
  Above three-year college Coded: 1 if the individual graduated from above three-year college; 0 otherwise
  Married Coded: 1 if the individual is married; 0 otherwise
  Urban residency Coded: 1 if the individual is an urban resident; 0 for rural resident
 Medical insurance
  GMI Coded: 1 if the individual is enrolled in the Government Medical Insurance; 0 otherwise
  UEMI Coded: 1 if the individual is enrolled in the Urban Employee Medical Insurance; 0 otherwise
  URMI Coded: 1 if the individual is enrolled in the Urban Resident Medical Insurance; 0 otherwise
  NRCMI Coded: 1 if the individual is enrolled in the New Rural Cooperative Medical Insurance; 0 otherwise
  Other Insurance Coded: 1 if the individual is enrolled in supplementary medical insurance; 0 otherwise
  No Insurance Coded: 1 if the individual does not have medical insurance; 0 otherwise
  Household income Net household income (10,000 Yuan)
  Economically active Coded: 1 if the individual reports participating in agricultural jobs, working for wages for an employer, or working for oneself rather than an employer; 0 if the individual reports being a temporary worker, retired, unemployed, or a student;
 Health status
  Poor Coded: 1 if the individual reports his or her health status to be poor; 0 otherwise
  Fair Coded: 1 if the individual reports his or her health status to be fair; 0 otherwise
  Good Coded: 1 if the individual reports his or her health status to be good, very good, or excellent; 0 otherwise
  Chronic conditions Coded: 1 if the individual has had doctor-diagnosed chronic diseases in the past 6 months; 0 otherwise
 Severity of physical discomfort
  Mild Coded: 1 if the individual perceives himself or herself to have had mild physical discomfort in the past 2 weeks; 0 otherwise
  Moderate Coded: 1 if the individual perceives himself or herself to have had moderate physical discomfort in the past 2 weeks; 0 otherwise
  Serious Coded: 1 if the individual perceives himself or herself to have had serious physical discomfort in the past 2 weeks; 0 otherwise