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Table 1 Background variables for the survey-time groups (n = 10,717)

From: The association between survey timing and patient-reported experiences with hospitals: results of a national postal survey

  Percentage of al respondents Time between discharge and posting the questionnaire
   ≤ 1 week
(n= 1,977)
1-2 weeks
(n= 4,810)
  2-3 weeks
(n= 3,290)
> 3 weeks
(n= 640)
Gender (%)       
Male 46.7 44.6 46.7   47.1 51.6
Female 53.3 55.4 53.3   52.9 48.4
p a     *   
Age, mean (years) 60.9 60.9 60.9   60.9 60.3
p a     ns   
Education (%)       
Primary school and lower
secondary school
34.0 34.1 34.4   33.5 33.2
Upper secondary school 38.9 38.8 38.2   39.8 40.7
University/college for < 4 years 18.3 19.1 18.2   18.2 17.8
University/college for ≥ 4 years 8.7 8.0 9.2   8.6 8.3
p a     ns   
Self-perceived health (%)       
Excellent 5.3 4.9 5.2   5.7 5.2
Very good 16.2 15.6 16.8   16.1 13.8
Good 33.5 33.0 34.5   33.3 28.6
Fairly good 31.3 31.8 30.1   31.8 35.6
Poor 13.8 14.8 13.4   13.1 16.7
p a     *   
Admission type (%)       
Emergency 50.5 50.5 51.0   49.5 51.6
Routine 49.5 49.5 49.0   50.5 48.4
p a     ns   
Number of admissions in the previous 2 years (%)       
1 46.9 44.7 48.5   46.5 42.6
2 25.4 26.2 24.8   25.7 26.8
3-5 21.2 22.3 21.0   20.4 24.2
6-10 4.5 4.6 4.1   5.0 4.4
> 10 2.0 2.2 1.6   2.4 2.0
p a     *   
  1. aChi-square tests, except for age (one-way ANOVA). *p < 0.05; ns, not significant