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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population

From: Availability of anticancer medicines in public and private sectors, and their affordability by low, middle and high-income class patients in Pakistan

Variables Male (n = 2436) Female (n = 1964) Total (n = 4400)
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age (years) 18–39 959 (39.4) 772 (39.3) 1731 (39.3)
40–64 780 (32.0) 866 (44.1) 1646 (37.4)
≥65 697 (28.6) 326 (16.6) 1023 (23.3)
Civil Status Single 84 (3.4) 43 (2.2) 127 (2.9)
Married 1722 (70.7) 1265 (64.4) 2987 (67.9)
Widowed 370 (15.2) 514 (26.2) 884 (20.1)
Divorced 260 (10.7) 142 (7.2) 402 (9.1)
Education level Primary (≤10 years) 503 (20.6) 0 (0.0) 503 (11.4)
Secondary (11–13 years) 1389 (57.0) 1592 (81.1) 2981 (67.8)
Tertiary (≥14 years) 544 (22.3) 372 (18.9) 916 (20.8)
Annual income Low class (PKR0–299,999) 662 (27.2) 481 (24.5) 1143 (26.0)
Middle class (PKR300,000–999,999) 842 (34.6) 624 (31.8) 1466 (33.3)
Upper class (PKR ≥ 1,000,000) 932 (38.3) 859 (43.7) 1791 (40.7)
Employment Status Employed 2138 (87.8) 585 (29.8) 2723 (61.9)
Unemployed 298 (12.2) 1379 (70.2) 1677 (38.1)
Residence Rural 855 (35.1) 326 (16.6) 1181 (26.8)
Urban 1581 (64.9) 1638 (83.4) 3219 (73.2)
Number of medicines 1 67 (2.8) 157 (8) 224 (5.1)
2 1768 (72.6) 1204 (61.3) 2972 (67.5)
3 559 (22.9) 532 (27.1) 1091 (24.8)
4 42 (1.7) 71 (3.6) 113 (2.6)