Table 1

Sociodemographic characteristics of the patients

CharacteristicTotal patients (n=470)
Age (years)
 < 3598 (20.8)
 36–54156 (33.2)
 ≥55216 (46.0)
Sex
 Male199 (42.3)
 Female271 (57.7)
Ethnicity
 Malay171 (36.4)
 Chinese153 (32.6)
 Indian116 (24.7)
 Others30 (6.3)
Marital status
 Single86 (18.3)
 Married326 (69.4)
 Divorced/widow/widower58 (12.3)
Occupation
 White collar job115 (24.5)
 Blue collar job89 (18.9)
 Retired136 (28.9)
 Unemployed30 (6.4)
 Housewife100 (21.3)
Total household income (MYR)
 ≤99969 (14.7)
 1000–2999190 (40.4)
 3000–4999107 (22.8)
 ≥5000104 (22.1)
Educational level
 No formal/primary97 (20.6)
 Secondary197 (41.9)
 Technical/vocational/diploma73 (15.5)
 Tertiary103 (22.0)
Disease-associated factorsTotal respondents (n=470)
Reason for seeing the doctor
 Symptoms, complaints268 (57.0)
 Diagnosis, screening, prevention34 (7.2)
 Treatment, procedures, medication0 (0)
 Test results0 (0)
 Diagnoses, disease168 (35.8)
Duration of illness (days), median (range)180 (1–12 775)
Number of patients seen by doctors according to the doctors’ qualification
 Masters year 1115 (24.5)
 Masters year 273 (15.5)
 Masters year 3149 (31.7)
 Masters year 487 (18.5)
 Lecturer4 (0.9)
 Service medical officer42 (8.9)
Number of patients seen by doctors according to the number of years of doctors’ practice
 <10348 (74.0)
 10–1980 (17.0)
 ≥2042 (8.9)
  • Unless otherwise indicated, values are n (%).

  • MYR, Malaysian Ringgit.