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Table 1 Characteristics of study population (N = 156)

From: Subjective assessments of comorbidity correlate with quality of life health outcomes: Initial validation of a comorbidity assessment instrument

Characteristic Number (%)
Age (mean, range) 75.0, 67–94
Gender
   Male 75 (48.1)
   Female 77 (49.4)
   Missing, chose not to answer 4 (2.6)
Marital status
   Married 101 (64.7)
   Widowed 33 (21.2)
   Divorced/separated 18 (11.5)
   Missing, chose not to answer 4 (2.6)
Education level
   Did not graduate high school 16 (10.3)
   High school graduate 42 (26.9)
   Some college 42 (26.9)
   College graduate 20 (12.8)
   Post-college 31 (19.9)
   Missing, chose not to answer 5 (3.2)
Household income (mean category)
   Less than $15,000 22 (14.1)
   $15,000–30,000 38 (24.4)
   $30,000–45,000 29 (18.6)
   $45,000–60,000 20 (12.8)
   $60,000–75,000 12 (7.7)
   $75,000–90,000 1 (0.6)
   More than $90,000 5 (3.2)
   Missing, chose not to answer, don't know 29 (18.6)
Race
   Caucasian 142 (91.0)
   African-American 1 (0.6)
   Other 7 (4.5)
   Missing, chose not to answer 6 (3.8)
Hispanic ethnicity
   Yes 5 (3.2)
   No 131 (84.0)
   Missing, chose not to answer 20 (12.8)
Health status
   Excellent 6 (3.9)
   Very Good 43 (27.6)
   Good 67 (43.0)
   Fair 30 (19.2)
   Poor 4 (2.6)
   Missing 6 (3.9)
Level of Comorbidity (mean, range of each)
   Number of Self-Reported Conditions 5.9, 0–16
   Self-Reported Disease Burden* 13.9, 0–51
  1. *Total score of limitations due to conditions (Sum of weights from 1 to 5 for each condition present).