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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics and chronic diseases of elderly subjects living alone (n=424)

From: Health-related quality of life and long-term care needs among elderly individuals living alone: a cross-sectional study in rural areas of Shaanxi Province, China

Factors Groups Participants Percent
   (n=424) (%)
Sex Female 301 73.1
  Male 109 26.0
Age 60-64 169 40.1
  65-69 119 28.1
  70-74 73 17.2
  >=75 61 14.6
Site Central Shaanxi Province 137 32.3
  South Shaanxi Province 146 34.4
  North Shaanxi Province 141 33.3
Education Illiterate 286 67.5
  Primary 121 28.5
  Secondary 13 3.1
  University 4 0.9
Marital Status Married 344 81.1
  Divorced 80 18.9
Economic Status Poor 266 62.7
  Intermediate 129 30.4
  Good 29 6.8
Occupation Farmer 407 95.9.
  No work 17 4.0
Chronic Disease Hypertension 246 58.3
  Cardiac disease 120 28.4
  Endocrinological 47 11.1
  Gastrointestinal disease 65 15.4
  Orthopedic disease 151 35.9
  Oncological disease 47 11.1
  Other chronic diseases 96 22.7
  Neurological disease 125 29.6
  Chronic bronchitis 56 15.6
  Cataract disease 28 6.6
  Urinary disorders 27 6.4