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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of respondents in each region (survey 1, August 2009)

From: Q fever in the Netherlands: public perceptions and behavioral responses in three different epidemiological regions: a follow-up study

Characteristics Region 1: high incidence regiona Region 2: medium incidence regionb Region 3: low incidence regionc Total p-Value
  (n = 459) (n = 491) (n = 397) (n = 1347)  
Sex      
 Male 52% 53% 35% 47%  
 Female 48% 47% 65% 53% <0.001
Age      
 18-30 years 14% 13% 26% 17%  
 30-50 years 38% 43% 44% 42%  
 Above 50 years 48% 44% 30% 41% <0.001
Ethnicityd      
 Native Dutch 91% 91% 93% 92%  
 Immigrant 9% 9% 7% 9% ns
Educatione      
 Low 31% 34% 16% 28%  
 Intermediate 40% 35% 45% 40%  
 High 30% 31% 39% 33% <0.001
Employment status      
 Employed 61% 62% 69% 64%  
 Unemployed/Retired 39% 38% 31% 36% 0.04
Marital status      
 Single 17% 19% 25% 20%  
 Married/Cohabitating 80% 72% 69% 74%  
 Divorced/Widowed 4% 9% 5% 6% <0.001
Children < 18 years in household      
 Yes 34% 37% 40% 37%  
 No 66% 63% 60% 63% ns
  1. aRegion 1 = Noord-Brabant – high incidence region; bRegion 2 = Utrecht & Limburg – intermediate incidence region; cRegion 3 = Groningen & Friesland – low incidence region;
  2. dimmigrant = born abroad or at least one parent born abroad; e low educational level (i.e. primary education, lower general/vocational education or less);
  3. intermediate educational level (i.e. secondary general or vocational education); high educational level (i.e. higher professional education or university);
  4. ns = not significant. Chi2 test was used to test demographic differences between regions.