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Table 3 Comparison of attitudes toward thalassaemia among ethnic groups

From: Public perceptions and attitudes toward thalassaemia: Influencing factors in a multi-racial population

Items Proportion of agreement (%)
   Ethnic group
  All participants
(n = 2846)
Malay bumiputra
(n = 2050)
Non-Malay bumiputra
(n = 154)
Chinese
(n = 484)
Indian
(n = 153)
P
Premarital screening for thalassaemia is necessary for the general public 90.6 91.4 87.0 88.4 91.5 NS
Couples who are thalassaemia carriers should not marry 34.7 34.9 35.1 33.7 34.0 NS
Couples who are thalassaemia carriers should not have children 31.3 27.1 29.2 48.3 34.0 P < 0.001
Termination of a pregnancy with thalassaemia major is necessary as it not only brings suffering to the affected child, but it is also a burden to the family, community and country 36.6 36.0 25.3 41.5 39.2 P < 0.01