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Table 2 Study population characteristics (n = 2024)

From: Defining constipation to estimate its prevalence in the community: results from a national survey

Characteristic   % (Number of participants)
n = 2024
National population [33] p value
Gender: Female 50.7% (1027) 50.6% 1
Age (years):     0.999
  18–24 12.4% (250) 12.4%  
  25–34 17.8% (361) 18.2%  
  35–44 17.6% (357) 18.8%  
  45–54 18.5% (374) 18.1%  
  55–64 14.6% (296) 15.3%  
  65+ 19.1% (386) 17.2%  
Location (state):     0.999
  NSW 30.9% (627) 32.0%  
  Vic 24.9% (504) 24.9%  
  Qld 20.9% (423) 20.1%  
  SA 8.1% (163) 7.2%  
  WA 10.0% (203) 11.0%  
  Tas 2.1% (42) 2.2%  
  NT 0.9% (19) 1.0%  
  ACT 2.1% (43) 1.6%  
Self-rated health status: Poor 4.0% (80)   
Comorbidities: IBSa 9.3% (189)   
  Diabetes 7.5% (152)   
  Depression 12.9% (262)   
HCPb consulted for constipationc   13.2% (268)   
Laxative usec   36.9% (747)   
  1. aIBS Irritable bowel syndrome (medically diagnosed) bHCP Health care professional cIn last 12 months