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Table 1 Socio-economic characteristics of the sample (%)

From: Health-related quality of life in diabetic patients and controls without diabetes in refugee camps in the Gaza strip: a cross-sectional study

Characteristic Diabetic refugees N = 197 Non-diabetic refugees N = 197 p-value Chi-square
Matching factors    
Gender    -
   Male 52.8 52.8  
   Female 47.2 47.2  
Age groups    -
   <30 6.1 6.1  
   30–39 10.7 10.7  
   40–49 24.9 24.9  
   50–60 33.5 33.5  
   > 60 24.9 24.9  
Other variables    
Education    <0.001
   None 28.4 4.1  
   Primary 14.7 4.11  
   Secondary 15.2 13.7  
   Tertiary 20.3 35.0  
   Higher 21.3 43.1  
Marital status    0.001
   Single 7.1 8.6  
   Married 76.6 87.3  
   Widowed 17.7 3.6  
   Divorced 1.5 0.5  
House type    0.26
   Owned 69.5 68.5  
   Refugee shelter* 24.5 22.3  
   Rented 5.1 9.1  
Monthly Income    0.001
   Below 200 US$ 65.5 50.8  
   200–500 US$ 24.9 42.1  
   >500 US$ 9.6 7.1  
Employment    <0.001
   No 59.4 66.5  
   Yes 40.6 33.5  
Number of people financially depending on the respondent    0.003
   0–5 58.9 61.9  
   6–10 38.1 27.4  
   > 10 3.0 10.7  
  1. * The temporary houses built by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 1948 as the first shelter.