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Table 1 Distribution of social and demographic variables in the three Italian areas (North, Centre and South)

From: Analysis of health care and actual needs of patients with psoriasis: a survey on the Italian population

  North Centre South p
  No. % No. % No. %  
Marital status (total no. cases 1954)
Never married 203 28.5 194 31.5 162 25.9 0.09
Married 510 71.5 422 68.5 463 74.1  
Education (total no. cases 1947)
No education 17 2.4 7 1.1 28 4.5 0.0006
Primary school 105 14.7 73 11.7 124 19.8  
Junior high school 175 24.6 154 25.1 140 22.4  
High school 301 42.2 286 46.5 244 39.1  
University 115 16.1 96 15.6 82 14.2  
Occupational status (total no. cases 1954)
Manual worker 128 18.0 97 15.8 97 15.5 < 0.0001
Office worker 150 21.0 149 24.2 132 21.1  
Professional 165 23.1 122 19.8 114 18.2  
Unemployed 17 2.4 32 5.2 68 11.0  
Houseworker 62 8.7 57 9.2 54 8.6  
Retired 118 16.6 102 16.6 77 12.3  
Other 73 10.2 57 9.2 83 13.3  
Working days lost (total no. cases 1235)
1–7 205 46.6 136 34.6 176 43.8 0.002
8–14 82 18.6 85 21.6 95 23.6  
15–21 35 8.0 42 10.7 41 10.2  
22–28 16 3.6 19 4.8 16 4.0  
29–35 32 7.3 59 15.1 29 7.2  
> 35 70 15.9 52 13.2 45 11.2