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Table 1 Characteristics of the study sample

From: Communication, continuity and coordination of care are the most important patients' values for family medicine in a fee-for-services health system

Characteristics N (%)
Gender
 Female 105 (53%)
 Male 93 (47%)
 Median Age 55
Language
 German 116 (59%)
 Italian 20 (10%)
 French 62 (31%)
Perceived health
 Poor 18 (9%)
 Fair 59 (30%)
 Good 89 (45%)
 Very Good 32 (16%)
Longstanding disease
 With longstanding disease 76 (38%)
 Without longstanding disease 122 (62%)
Other adult in the household
 Yes 131 (66%)
 No 66 (34%)
Children in the household
 Yes 40 (20%)
 No 158 (80%)
Highest level of education achieved
 No qualifications obtained 55 (28%)
 Upper secondary level of education 105 (54%)
 Post-secondary, non-tertiary Education or higher 36 (18%)
Language skill
 Not at all 0 (0%)
 Poorly 0 (0%)
 Moderately 6 (3%)
 Sufficiently 16 (8%)
 Fluently 175 (89%)
Income (compared to the average income in the country)
 Below average 22 (11%)
 Around average 143 (73%)
 Above average 30 (15%)
Employment status
 Employed 79 (37%)
 Self employed or family business 27 (12%)
 Student 10 (5%)
 Looking for a job 4 (2%)
 Unable to work due to illness or disability 9 (4%)
 Retired 70 (32%)
Mainly homemaker 17 (8%)
Country of birth
 In this country 161 (82%)
 In an other country 31 (16%)
 In Europe 4 (2%)
Mother’s birth country
 In this country 141 (71%)
 In another country 51 (26%)
 In Europe 5 (2,5%)