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Table 1 Characteristics of participants

From: Do general practice patients with and without appointment differ? Cross-sectional study

Variable (missing values) Patients without appointment
(n = 251)
Patients with appointment
(n = 250)
p-values for group differences
Age in years (4) 44 (16) 50 (16) < 0.001§
Female (3) 120 (48%) 139 (56%) 0.11*
Family status (4)
 - single 77 (31%) 56 (23%)  
 - unmarried in partnership 38 (15%) 21 (8%)  
 - married 129 (51%) 155 (63%) 0.005*
 - widowed 7 (3%) 14 (6%)  
At least one child (3) 154 (61%) 178 (72%) 0.01*
Privately insured (5) 22 (9%) 21 (13%) 0.19*
High school graduation (10) 82 (33%) 63 (24%) 0.07*
Patient in the practice since … years (60) 8 (2, 15) 8 (4, 20) 0.13#
At least one chronic disease (3) 71 (29%) 113 (45%) < 0.001
  1. Values are means (standard deviations) for age, median (1. and 3. quartile) for years in practice, and absolute frequencies (percentages) for other variables. § = p-values from Student‘s t-test; # = from Mann-Whitney-U-Test; * = from chi2-test