Table 2

Participant’s characteristics (n=516)

Participants’ characteristicsn (%)
GenderMale225 (43.6)
Female291 (56.4)
Age (years)18–3089 (17.2)
31–45175 (33.9)
46–60177 (34.3)
61–7575 (14.5)
45*(SD±13.8)
Country of birthUnited Arab Emirates394 (76.4)
Others, Arab expat born in different Arab countries122 (23.6)
Marital statusSingle94 (18.2)
Married352 (68.2)
Widowed45 (8.7)
Divorced/separated25 (4.8)
Educational levelUniversity education231 (44.8)
High school diploma134 (26.0)
Primary/middle school151 (29.3)
Employment statusFull-time216 (41.9)
Part-time/business owner54 (10.5)
Unemployed184 (35.7)
Retired62 (12.0)
Health literacyInadequate313 (60.7)
Adequate203 (39.3)
Unanswered questionsAlways/sometimes247 (47.9)
Rarely/never269 (52.1)
Interest in finding more informationYes468 (90.7)
No48 (9.3)
Main sources of health informationPhysicians428 (82.9)
Internet260 (50.4)
Friends and family198 (38.4)
Pharmacists47 (9.1)
Television7 (1.4)
Magazines4 (0.8)
Academic background01 (02)
  • *Estimated mean from the age categories using the midrange value.