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Table 1 Demographic, clinical and socioeconomic characteristics of the patients included (N = 81)

From: Cost-effectiveness analysis of a state funded programme for control of severe asthma

Age (average +/- SD) 45 ± 16
Ethnicity (n/%)  
   Caucasian 10 (14)
   African descendents 64 (86)
Female gender (n/%) 68 (84)
Occupation (n/%)  
   Employed 29 (35)
   Unemployed 14 (17)
   Housewife 15 (19)
   Retired 12 (15)
   Student 11 (14)
City of residence (n/%)  
   Salvador 76 (94)
   Surrounding cities 5 (6)
Education (n/%)  
   Illiterate 14 (18)
   Middle School completed 40 (50)
   High School completed 22 (27)
   University completed 4 (5)
Private health insurance holders (n/%) 13 (16)
Presence of comorbities (n/%) 17 (22)
Duration of diagnosis of asthma in years (average +/- SD) 26 ± 17
Asthma's restrictions of the patient's or families activity (n/%)  
   School absence 9 (11)
   Never worked due to asthma 5 (6)
   Early retirement due to asthma 4 (5)
   Loss of job by the patient or family 33 (41)
Family annual income (US$) (median/quartiles) 2768 (1912/4033)
  1. Data from the retrospective phase