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Table 1 Background characteristics of patients

From: Gender differences in the comprehension of care plans in an emergency department setting

  Women (n = 75) Men (n = 75) Overall (n = 150) P-value
Number of patients (n, %) 75(50%) 75(50%) 150(100%)  
Age Group (mean ± SD) 49.5 ± 19.73 45.96 ± 21.55 47.4 ± 20.48 0.29
 18–24 (n, %) 7 (9.3%) 11 (14.6%) 18 (12%) 0.34
 25–54 (n, %) 14 (18.6%) 15 (20%) 29 (19.3%)  
 35–55 (n, %) 17 (22.6%) 23 (30.6%) 40 (26.7%)  
  > 55 (n, %) 37 (49.3%) 26 (34.6%) 63 (42%)  
Education     0.23
 Elementary school (n, %) 3 (4%) 7 (9.3%) 10 (6.7%)  
 High school (n, %) 40 (53.3%) 34 (45.3) 74 (51.3%)  
 Academic degree (n, %) 32 (42.6%) 31 (41.3%) 63 (42%)  
 Ph.D. (n, %) 0 3 (4%) 3 (2%)  
Native Language     0.47
 Hebrew (n, %) 50 (66.7%) 40 (53.3%) 90 (60%)  
 Arabic (n, %) 10 (13.3%) 17 (22.6%) 27 (18%)  
 Russian (n, %) 11 (14.6%) 9 (12%) 20 (13.3%)  
 Other (n, %) 4 (5.3%) 9 (12%) 13 (17.3%)  
Type of referral     0.37
 Trauma (n, %) 6 (8%) 14 (18.6%) 20 (13.3%)  
 Surgical (n, %) 8 (10.6%) 10 (13.3%) 18 (12%)  
 Internal (n, %) 40 (53.3%) 30 (40%) 70 (46.6%)  
 Neurologic (n, %) 8 (10.6%) 7 (9.3%) 15 (10%)  
 Orthopaedic (n, %) 13 (17.3%) 14 (18.6%) 27 (18%)  
Visit to the ED     0.51
 Number of visits to the ED in the last 5 years (mean + SD) 1.76 ± 1.41 1.86 ± 1.68 1.81 ± 1.54  
 Number of visits to the ED for other complaints in the last 5 years (mean + SD) 1.08 ± 1.21 1 ± 1.24 1.04 ± 1.22  
 Number of visits with other complaints to the ED in the last 5 years (mean + SD) 0.63 ± 0.89 0.81 ± 1.32 0.72 ± 1.12  
 Accompanying person in the ER (n, %) 45 (60%) 50 (66.67%) 95 (63.3%) 0.5