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Table 1 The distribution of self-related health status and other characteristics among men and women aged 15 years and older in the first National Health Survey of Pakistan

From: Self-rated health in Pakistan: results of a national health survey

Variable   Men (n = 4414) % Women (n = 5028) % All (n = 9442) %
Self-rated health status Excellent 0.6 0.3 0.4
  Very good 8.3 2.1 5.0
  Good 39.8 20.4 29.5
  Fair 37.0 39.4 38.3
  Poor 14.3 37.8 26.8
Age <20 18.1 16.9 17.4
  20–29 23.8 27.1 25.5
  30–39 18.8 20.3 19.6
  40–49 13.3 14.4 13.9
  ≥ 50 26.1 21.4 23.6
Dwelling Rural 63.6 64.5 64.1
  Urban 36.4 35.5 35.9
Literacy Illiterate 53.1 81.1 68.0
  Literate 46.9 18.9 32.0
Socio Economic Status (SES) Low SES 33.7 32.6 33.1
  Middle SES 49.0 49.1 49.0
  High SES 17.3 18.3 17.9
Currently use tobacco No 60.3 88.8 75.5
  Yes 39.7 11.2 24.5
Province Sindh 20.7 21.2 20.9
  Punjab 53.3 50.9 52.0
  NWFP 15.5 15.7 15.6
  Balochistan 10.6 12.3 11.5
Marital status Never married 31.2 19.6 25.1
  Married 64.1 69.5 66.9
  Widowed/widower 4.5 10.4 7.6
  Divorced 0.2 0.3 0.2
  Separated 0.1 0.2 0.2
Hypertension Normal 79.8 82.0 80.9
  Hypertensive 20.2 18.0 19.1