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Table 3 Demographic characteristics, skills and active choice behaviour of respondents

From: Understanding and using comparative healthcare information; the effect of the amount of information and consumer characteristics and skills

Characteristics Patients (N = 51) Insurants Panel (N = 363) Group 1 (N = 96) Group 2 (N = 115) Group 3 (N = 100) Group 4 (N = 103) Total (N = 413)
Age (N, %)        
 18- 24 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 25-34 years 1 (2.0) 13 (3.6) 1 (1.0) 4( 3.5) 6 (6.0) 3(2.9) 14 (3.4)
 35-44 years 2 (4.0) 19 (5.2) 4(4.2) 8(7.0) 0 9(8.8) 21 (5.1)
 45- 54 years 9 (18.0) 40 (11.0) 15(15.6) 13(11.3) 11( 11.0) 10(9.8) 49 (11.9)
 55-64 years 19(38.0) 124 (34.2) 25 (26.0) 38(33.0) 40(40.0) 40(39.2) 143 (34.6)
 65-74 years 14(28.0) 136 (37.5) 44(45.8) 41(35.7) 33 (33.0) 32(31.4) 150 (36.3)
 75 + 5(10.0) 31 (8.5) 7(7.3) 11(9.6) 10(10.0) 8(7.8) 36 (8.7)
Gender (N, %)        
 Male 17(34.0) 234 (64.5) 64 (66.7) 66( 57.4) 61(61.0) 60(58.8) 251 (60.8)
 Female 33(66.0) 129 (35.5) 32 (33.3) 49(42.6) 39 (39.0) 42(41.2) 162 (39.2)
Highest level of education (N, %)        
 No education 0 1 (0.3) 0 0 1 (1.0) 0 1 (0.2)
 Primary school 1(2.0) 2 (0.6) 1(1.0) 1(0.9) 1(1.0) 0 3 (0.7)
 Lower/preparatory vocational qualification 0 45 (12.4) 10(10.4) 12(10.4) 12 (12.0) 11(10.9) 45 (10.9)
 Lower second/vocational level qualification 9(18.4) 70 (19.3) 16(16.7) 25(21.7) 20(20.0) 18 (17.8) 79 (19.2)
 Intermediate second level general qual. 7(14.3) 50(13.8) 13(13.5) 14(12.2) 19(19.0) 11(10.9) 57 (13.8)
 Intermediate vocational education 5(10.2) 38(10.5) 11(11.5) 14(12.2) 6 (6.0) 12(11.9) 43 (10.5)
 Advanced second level education 17(34.7) 127(35.0) 36(37.5) 41(35.7) 31(31.0) 36(35.6) 144 (35.0)
 Academic /higher vocational education 10(20.4) 30(8.3) 9(9.4) 8 (7.0) 10 (10.0) 13 (12.9) 40 (9.7)
Literacy (0-5) (Mean; SD) 4.9(0.3) 4.7(0.7) 4.8(0.7) 4.8 (0.7) 4.7(0.8) 4.9(0.6) 4.8 (0.7)
Numeracy (0-2) (Mean; SD) 1.6(0.6) 1.5(0.7) 1.4 (0.7) 1.5(0.7) 1.5 (0.7) 1.5 (0.6) 1.5 (0.7)
Active choice behaviour (6-24) (Mean; SD) 18.5(3.1) 17.1(2.8) 17.5 (2.6) 17.2 (2.8) 17.5(2.9) 16.8(3.2) 17.2 (2.9)
  1. Group 1: 3 aspects shown, Group 2: 7 aspects shown, Group 3: 11 aspects shown, Group 4: 15 aspects shown.