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Table 3 Characteristics of the study population

From: Feasibility of and barriers to thalassemia screening in migrant populations: a cross-sectional study of Myanmar and Cambodian migrants in Thailand

  Thai Myanmar Cambodian
(N = 197) (N = 119) (N = 176)
Median Age (IQR), years 32 (24–40) 29 (24–36) 30 (27–37)
Gender
 Male (%) 71 (36.0) 43 (36.4) 100 (56.8)
 Female (%) 126 (64.0) 75 (63.6) 76 (43.2)
Languages Spokena
 Thai (%) 196 (99.5) 73 (61.3) 133 (76.0)
 Burmese (%) 0 109 (91.6) 7 (4.1)
 Khmer (%) 0 2 (1.7) 168 (97.1)
 English (%) 49 (24.9) 0 3 (1.7)
 Mon (%) 1 (0.5) 7 (5.9) 0
 Karen (%) 0 9 (7.6) 0
Highest Level of Education Achieved
 None (%) 2 (1.0) 18 (15.4) 48 (27.4)
 Primary, 1–6 (%) 22 (11.3) 53 (45.3) 74 (42.3)
 Secondary, 7–9 (%) 58 (29.9) 29 (24.8) 41 (23.4)
 Secondary 10–12 (%) 58 (29.9) 12 (10.3) 11 (6.3)
 Vocational (%) 24 (12.4) 0 0
 Bachelor’s degree and above (%) 28 (14.4) 3 (2.6) 1 (0.6)
Work Sector
 Fishery (%) 2 (1.1) 0 2 (1.2)
 Manufacturing (%) 63 (34.6) 40 (36.0) 75 (43.1)
 Domestic (%) 40 (22.0) 37 (33.3) 13 (7.5)
 Construction (%) 5 (2.8) 8 (7.2) 43 (24.7)
 Other (%)b 72 (39.6) 26 (23.4) 41 (23.6)
Median Duration in Thailand (IQR), years NA 6 (4.25–10) 5 (3–6)
Median Number of Times Moved (IQR) NA 0 (0–2) 0 (0–2)
Health Registration
 First time (%) NA 28 (25.0) 42 (24.1)
 Renewal (%) NA 84 (75.0) 132 (75.9)
Marital Status
 Single (%) 65 (33.9) 32 (27.1) 39 (22.7)
 Married (%) 114 (59.4) 83 (70.3) 127 (73.8)
 Divorced (%) 13 (6.8) 3 (2.5) 6 (3.5)
Nationality of Spouse if Married
 Thai (%) 111 (100) 3 (3.6) 5 (4.0)
 Myanmar (%) 0 75 (93.8) 2 (1.7)
 Cambodian (%) 0 1 (1.3) 113 (94.2)
Median Number of Children (IQR) 2 (1–2) 1 (0–2) 2 (1–2)
  1. IQR Inter-quartile range, NA Not applicable
  2. a Ethnic minority languages were reported by the Myanmar cohort, including Mon (5.9%), Karen (7.6%), and Chinese (0.8%), but not by the Thai or Cambodian cohorts
  3. b The large majority of jobs in the “Other” category were reported to be sales-related, with job descriptions ranging from company salesmen to street vendors. Other job sectors included business, civil, and farming. Some subjects reported being students or freelance/self-employed