Table 2

Socio-demographic characteristics, subjective health status, healthcare seeking behaviour, cancer experience and screening history of study participants
Variable n %^
Gender (n = 93)
Male 22 23.7
Female 71 76.3
Age in years (n = 90)
35-44 24 25.8
45-54 43 46.2
55-64 13 14.0
65+ 10 10.7
Marital status (n = 91)
Married or de-facto 48 52.7
Separated/divorced/widowed 12 13.1
Single 26 28.6
Unwilling to say 5 5.5
Highest education level (n = 90)
Senior high school or higher (12 years or more) 40 44.4
Some high school (8-11 years) 25 27.8
Primary school or less (7 years or less) 21 23.3
Don’t remember 4 4.4
Employment status (n = 90)
Employed full-time or part-time 34 37.8
Unemployed/unable to work/other 32 35.6
Home duties 19 21.1
Unwilling to say 5 5.5
Annual household income (n = 90)
Less than $20,000 42 45.2
$20,000-40,000 11 11.8
$40,000-60,000 13 14.0
Over $60,000 9 9.7
Unwilling to say 15 16.2
Has any dependants (n = 88)
No 40 45.5
Yes 48 54.5
Enrolled with Medicare (n = 90)
No/don’t know 3 3.3
Yes 87 96.7
Private health insurance (n = 90)
No/don’t know 74 82.2
Yes 16 17.8
Self-rated English reading ability (n = 91)
Poor-fair 25 27.5
Good-very good 42 46.2
Excellent 24 26.4
Self-rated current health status (n = 90)
Poor-fair 43 47.8
Good-very good 46 51.1
Excellent 1 1.11
Has a regular GP (n = 88)
No/don’t know 13 14.8
Yes 75 85.2
Frequency of doctor visits (n = 91)
Couple of times a year or more 71 78.0
Once a year 5 5.1
Less than once a year 15 16.5
Last time saw a doctor (n = 90)
Less than one month ago 47 52.2
Between one month and one year ago 36 40.0
More than one year ago/can’t remember 7 7.8
Participated in any cancer screening in past 2 years (n = 89)
No/don’t know 44 49.4
Yes 45 50.6
Had a colonoscopy in the past (n = 91)
No/don’t know 77 84.6
Yes 14 15.4
Ever done FOBT/bowel cancer screening test? (n = 90)
No/don’t know 85 94.4
Yes 5 5.6
Knows someone in family with cancer (n = 91)
No/don’t know 39 42.9
Yes 52 57.1

FOBT-faecal occult blood test; GP- general practitioner. ^Percentage calculated from valid responses indicated in parentheses adjacent to survey item.

Christou and Thompson

Christou and Thompson BMC Public Health 2012 12:528   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-528

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