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Table 1 The characteristics of the participants

From: Factors influencing insulin acceptance among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in a primary care clinic: a qualitative exploration

  In depth interview Focus group discussion
(IDI 1, 2 & 3) (FGD 1, 2 & 3)
(n = 3) (n = 18)
Age (year) 58–67 40–68
Ethnicity   
  Malay 1 10
  Chinese - 4
  Indian 2 4
Gender   
  Female 1 7
  Male 2 11
Educational status*   
Primary level 1 8
  Secondary level 1 5
  Tertiary level 1 5
Duration of diabetes (year) 8–13 5–14
Duration of insulin use (year) 3–4 2–6
Occupations Retiree, lecturer, housewife Housewife, chef, police officer, government officer, retired businessman, security officer, teacher, retired nurse, clerk, retired army, retired contractor, insurance agent, businessman, engineer, driver
  1. *Educational status: Primary = schooling from age 7–12 years old.
  2. Secondary = schooling up to age 17 years old.
  3. Tertiary = schooling up to college or university level.