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Table 5 Demographic and diabetes-specific characteristics of participants (n = 203)

From: Information seeking behavior of patients with diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional study in an outpatient clinic of a university-affiliated hospital in Athens, Greece

Characteristic Value
Sex, no. (%)  
 Μale 110 (54.2)
 Female 93 (45.8)
Age, no. (%)  
 18-40 yrs 23 (11.3)
 40-50 yrs 27 (13.3)
 50-60 yrs 36 (17.7)
 >60 yrs 117 (57.6)
Domicile, no. (%)  
 Urban 166 (81.8)
 Rural 37 (18.2)
Marital status, no. (%)  
 Married 117 (57.6)
 Divorced 24 (11.8)
 Single 21 (10.3)
 Widowed 41 (20.2)
Education attainment (level), no. (%)  
 None 3 (1.5)
 Primary 98 (48.3)
 Secondary 73 (36.0)
 Tertiary 29 (14.3)
Estimated annual personal income, no. (%)  
 <12,000 € 141 (69.5)
 12,000-18,000 € 47 (23.2)
 18,000-25,000 € 12 (5.9)
 >25,000 € 3 (1.5)
Type of clinic attended by patient, no. (%)  
 Outpatient diabetes clinic 123 (60.6)
 Outpatient diabetic foot clinic 80 (39.4)
Type of diabetes, no. (%)  
 Type 1 29 (14.3)
 Type 2 172 (84.7)
 Unsure 2 (1.0)
Time since diagnosis, no. (%)  
 <1 years 8 (3.9)
 1–5 years 37 (18.2)
 5-10 years 59 (29.1)
 >10 years 99 (48.8)
Treatment of diabetes, no. (%)  
 OHA 103 (50.7)
 Insulin 73 (36.0)
 Diet alone 2 (1.0)
 OHA and insulin 10 (4.9)
 OHA and diet 8 (3.9)
 Insulin and diet 2 (1.0)
 OHA and insulin and diet 5 (2.5)
Number of visits during the last semester, nο (%)  
 None 32 (15.8)
 1-2 122 (60.1)
 >3 49 (24.2)
Most recent HbA1c level, no. (%)  
 <6.5% 36 (17.7)
 6.5-7.5% 91 (44.8)
 7.5-8.5% 40 (19.7)
 >8.5% 16 (7.9)
Unknown 20 (9.9)
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