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Table 2 Demographic characteristics and medical history of the participants

From: Factors associated with quality of care in inflammatory bowel diseases: a view from patient’s side using the IQCARO quality of care decalogue

n 788
Mean age ± SD (years) 43.4 ± 12.2
Female/male ratio, n 494/289
Educational background, n (%)
 Primary education 122 (15.6)
 Secondary education 53 (6.8)
 High school or vocational training 271 (34.6)
 Bachelor’s or equivalent level 338 (43.1)
Current employment status, n (%)
 Employed 433 (55.3)
 Work disability 106 (13.5)
 Unemployed 88 (11.2)
 Retired 65 (8.3)
 Student 59 (7.5)
 Housekeeper 29 (3.7)
 Other 3 (0.4)
Type of Inflammatory bowel disease, n (%)
 Crohn’s disease 456 (57.8)
 Ulcerative colitis 321 (40.7)
 Other (undetermined colitis or unknown) 11 (1.3)
Number of years since diagnosis
 Mean (SD) 13 (9.8)
 Median (IQR) 11 (4-20)
Specialist that routinely performed follow-up, n (%)
 Gastroenterologist specialized in IBD 577 (76.6)
 General gastroenterologist 160 (21.1)
 Surgeon 4 (0.5)
 General practitioner 4 (0.5)
 Internist 4 (0.5)
 Other 5 (0.7)
  1. Percentages do not always add up to 100% because some patient data may be missing
  2. IBD inflammatory bowel disease, IQR interquartile range, SD standard deviation