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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of the women eligible in the three years PCC was offered.

From: Preconception counselling initiated by general practitioners in the Netherlands: reaching couples contemplating pregnancy [ISRCTN53942912]

   2000 2001 2002
   n = 13,048 n = 8,312 n = 5,866
Age < 20 years 568 (4%) 490 (6%) 491 (9%)
  20 to 24 years 2,084 (16%) 1,495 (18%) 1,431 (24%)
  25 to 29 years 2,735 (21%) 1,952 (24%) 1,494 (26%)
  30 to 34 years 3,250 (25%) 2,097 (25%) 1,371 (23%)
  > 34 years 4,410 (34%) 2,278 (27%) 1,079 (18%)
Marital status* Married/cohabiting 2,903 (75%) 1,294 (76%) 607 (60%)
  Permanent relationship 351 (9%) 154 (9%) 174 (17%)
  Single 597 (16%) 264 (15%) 236 (23%)
Country of birth* The Netherlands 3,593 (93%) 1,598 (93%) 949 (93%)
  Surinam/Netherlands Antilles 55 (1%) 25 (2%) 17 (2%)
  Turkey/Morocco 45 (1%) 15 (1%) 11 (1%)
  Other 152 (4%) 75 (4%) 41 (4%)
Education* Basic 843 (23%) 384 (24%) 189 (19%)
  Intermediate 1,596 (44%) 691 (42%) 474 (49%)
  University/college 1,197 (33%) 550 (34%) 307 (32%)
Medical insurance*† National health insurance 271 (68%) 124 (66%) 105 (63%)
  Insurance for civil service employees 13 (3%) 11 (6%) 9 (6%)
  Private insurance 114 (29%) 51 (27%) 51 (31%)
  Not insured 1 (0%) 2 (1%) 0 (0%)
Previous pregnancies* Yes 1,701 (44%) 773 (45%) 644 (63%)
  No 2,177 (56%) 950 (55%) 377 (37%)
  1. * Because these characteristics were collected from two different questionnaires that not all women received, the numbers do not add up to the total number of women per response group.
  2. This characteristic was included in only one of the two questionnaires.