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Table 1 Demographic, socioeconomic and health related characteristics among western medical services and OTC medication users

From: Use of chinese and western over-the-counter medications in Hong Kong

   Visited western medicine practitioners only (%) Used western OTC medications only (%) Consulted western medicine practitioners and used western OTC medications (%) P values a
Gender Male 38.2 12.5 49.3 < 0.001
Female 39.6 9.9 50.5  
Age 15-29 36.6 12.0 51.4  
30-39 34.3 11.8 53.9 < 0.001
40-49 33.8 13.0 53.2  
50-59 37.5 12.3 50.2  
60-69 45.4 8.8 45.8  
70+ 58.6 4.4 37.0  
Education level Below primary 54.1 5.7 40.2  
Primary 39.7 11.5 48.7 < 0.001
Secondary 34.9 12.6 52.5  
Tertiary 43.6 8.4 48.1  
Currently married Yes 38.3 11.2 50.5  
No 40.0 11.0 49.0  
Self reported health Excellent or very good 40.7 11.4 47.9 < 0.001
Good or fair 37.5 11.5 51.1  
poor 51.7 7.0 41.3  
Self reported chronic disease status Yes 51.7 1.7 46.6  
No 35.3 13.8 50.9 < 0.001
Drinking habit Yes 37.0 13.7 49.3  
No 39.2 10.8 50.1  
Current smoker Yes 33.9 16.2 49.9  
No 40.0 10.0 50.0 < 0.001
Moderate exercise >=2.5 hours/week Yes 43.9 9.5 46.6  
No 37.1 11.7 51.2  
Possession of western medicine insurance Yes 38.2 7.5 54.3  
No 39.2 12.4 48.5 < 0.001
Possession of Chinese medicine insurance Yes 36.4 7.1 56.5  
No 39.1 11.4 49.5 < 0.001
Total   38.9 11.1 50.0  
Mean personal monthly income in Hong Kong dollars b (Standard Error)   $10042 ($148.64) $8832 ($221.47) $10117 ($121.21) < 0.001
  1. a: All from Chi square test for independence except for mean personal monthly income, in which one way ANOVA were used
  2. b: HKD$ 7.8 = USD$ 1.0