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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of survey sample (n = 255)

From: Is the Internet a useful and relevant source for health and health care information retrieval for German cardiothoracic patients? First results from a prospective survey among 255 Patients at a German cardiothoracic surgical clinic

  n (%)
Age (years)  
20 – 49 26 (10,2)
50 – 64 94 (36,8)
65 – 80 132 (51,8)
> 80 3 (1,2)
Gender  
female 69 (27)
male 186 (73)
Education  
no school 5 (2)
8th – class 132 (52)
10th – class 65 (25,5)
A-levels 9 (3,5)
university degree 44 (17)
Profession  
Senior citizen 182 (71)
employees and manager 30 (12)
self-employed person 10 (4)
Student 2 (0,8)
worker 3 (1,2)
unemployed 28 (11)
  1. A-levels usually refers to the completion of twelve school years, which is prerequisite for attending a university in Germany. As males are affected more extensively by cardiovascular diseases than woman, hence our study population included more than twice the number of males than females.