Table 1

Characteristics of participants enrolled in the study, separately for outpatients of a university clinic and outpatients from private practices

CharacteristicsOutpatients from a university clinic
(N1 =2158)
Outpatients from private practices
(N2 =649)
Age (n1 =2122; n2 =622)52 (15)52 (17)
Women (n1 =2151; n2 =648)1027 (48)423 (65)
Type of disease (n1 =1746; n2 =444)
 Tumour disease426 (24)30 (7)
 Donor organ165 (10)5 (1)
 Never been seriously ill438 (25)280 (63)
 Other chronic illness580 (33)118 (27)
 Proxy137 (8)11 (2)
Marital status (n1 =2153; n2 =643)
 Never married377 (18)119 (19)
 Married/cohabitation1508 (70)431 (67)
 Divorced153 (7)45 (7)
 Widowed115 (5)48 (7)
Education (n1 =2119; n2 =630)
 Secondary education (nine grades)982 (46)266 (42)
 Secondary education (10 grades)645 (31)226 (36)
A level (13 grades)423 (20)118 (19)
Elementary (grades 1–4)69 (3)20 (3)
 Qualification (n1 =2081; n2 =619)
 Non-academic professional1598 (77)482 (78)
 Academic professional318 (15)92 (15)
 No professional qualification165 (8)45 (7)
Location (n1 =2127; n2 =643)
 Urban area588 (28)213 (33)
 Rural area1539 (72)430 (67)
  • Sample sizes (n1 n2 ) for particular variables differ from the total sample sizes (N1 N2 ) due to missing values. For age, the means (SD in brackets) in years are given. For all other variables, the numbers of participants (percentages in brackets) are given