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Table 1 Characteristics of Patients (n = 136)

From: Experiences of patients with chronic gastrointestinal conditions: in their own words

Age mean ± SD years (range) 48 ± 16 (21-88)
  n (%)
Gender   
   Female 91 (67)
   Male 45 (33)
Education   
   Less than high school 3 (2)
   High school/GED 23 (17)
   Community college 34 (25)
   Four-year college 43 (32)
   Graduate school 28 (21)
   Professional school 5 (4)
Income*   
   Less than $15,000 11 (8)
   $15,001-35,000 17 (13)
   $35,001-55,000 27 (21)
   $55,001-75,000 23 (18)
   $75,001-100,000 25 (19)
   Over $100,000 28 (21)
Ethnicity*   
   Non-Hispanic 127 (96)
   Hispanic 5 (4)
Race*   
   White or Caucasian 126 (93)
   Black or African American 4 (3)
   American Indian or Alaska Native 1 (1)
   Asian 1 (1)
   Multi-racial 3 (2)
Self-Reported Diagnosis*   
   Crohn's Disease 47 (35)
   Ulcerative Colitis 33 (24)
   Pouchitis 6 (5)
   Indeterminate IBD 3 (2)
   Irritable Bowel Syndrome 38 (28)
   Other/unknown diagnosis** 8 (6)
Health Insurance*   
   Yes 128 (96)
   No 6 (4)
Previous participation in research*   
   Yes 64 (47)
   No 71 (53)
Patients across clinical sites   
   Cleveland Clinic 55 (40)
   Mayo Clinic 53 (39)
   Johns Hopkins 28 (21)
  1. * Some patients did not provide this information
  2. ** Two patients reported a diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and one reported a diagnosis of Clostridium difficile. Five patients reported they had no diagnosis to date