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Table 1 Sociodemograhic participant characteristics

From: Communicating cancer treatment information using the Web: utilizing the patient’s perspective in website development

Participant characteristics   Number of participants phase 2 (N = 18) Number of “old” participants phase 3 (N = 3) Number of “new” participants phase 3 (N = 6)
   n % n % n %
Age < 50 1 5.6 0 0 1 16.7
50-64 6 33.3 0 0 1 16.7
65-80 11 61.1 3 100.0 4 66.7
Sex Male 10 55.6 2 66.7 4 66.7
Female 8 44.4 1 33.3 2 33.3
Education1 Low 4 22.2 0 0 2 33.3
Medium 8 44.4 1 50.0 3 50.0
High 6 33.3 1 50.0 1 16.7
Marital status Married 14 77.8 3 100.0 4 66.7
Living together 2 11.1 0 0 2 33.3
Widow 2 11.1 0 0 0 0
Health literacy2 Low 6 33.3 3 100.0 4 66.7
High 12 66.7 0 0 2 33.3
Internet use (Almost) every day 9 50.0 1 33.3 6 100.0
Once a week 6 33.3 1 33.3 0 0
Once a month 2 11.1 1 33.3 0 0
Never 1 5.6 0 0 0 0
Searching for health information on the Internet (Almost) every day 3 16.7 0 0 1 16.7
Once a week 2 11.1 0 0 2 33.3
Once a month 5 27.8 2 66.7 1 16.7
Never 8 44.4 1 33.3 2 33.3
  1. 1Low: primary school, lower level of secondary school or lower vocational training. Medium: higher level of secondary school, or intermediate vocational training. High: higher vocational training or university.
  2. 2Question “Confident with forms” [29],[30]: Low health literacy: patients answered: some of the time, a little of the time or none of the time. High health literacy: patients answered: all of the time, most of the time.