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Table 1 Background characteristics of the patient observers

From: Patients’ views on changes in doctor-patient communication between 1982 and 2001: a mixed-methods study

Background characteristics Patient observers with hypertension (N = 108)
Gender  
 Female 73 (68 %)
 Male 35 (32 %)
Age  
 < 40 2 (2 %)
 40 – 49 12 (11 %)
 50 – 59 46 (43 %)
 60 – 69 39 (36 %)
 70 – 79 9 (8 %)
Education level  
 Primary education 2 (2 %)
 Secondary education 59 (54.5 %)
 Third-level education 47 (43.5 %)
Employment  
 Retired 35 (32 %)
 Employed 31 (29 %)
 Self-employed 5 (5 %)
 Other (student, housewife, job seeker) 37 (34 %)
Native background  
 Dutch 96 (89 %)
 First generation migrant 6 (5.5 %)
 Second generation migrant 6 (5.5 %)
Health  
 Using medication for hypertension 81 (75 %)
 Comorbidity other chronic disease 50 (46 %)
Health care use  
 Contact with GP in last two months 76 (70 %)
 Contact with medical specialist in past year 72 (67 %)