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Table 1 Characteristics of the elderly population according to their perception regarding their physical health

From: Self-assessed health among Thai elderly

   % of respondents Self assessment of health N
    Good health Poor health  
Age group*** 60-69 years 53.0 52.3 47.7 16,131
  70-79 years 34.0 37.1 62.9 10,355
  80 years or + 13.0 27.0 73.0 3,941
Sex*** Male 43.0 49.2 50.8 13,088
  Female 57.0 39.8 60.2 17,339
Place of residence** Rural 57.7 44.7 55.3 17,558
  Urban 42.3 42.7 57.3 12,869
Level of education *** Higher than secondary level 4.1 68.1 31.9 1,246
  Secondary level 7.2 56.0 44.0 2,192
  Primary/elementary level 72.1 43.4 56.6 21,949
  No schooling 16.6 34.8 65.2 5,040
Marital status*** Married 59.3 48.3 51.7 18,050
  Separated/divorced 2.5 41.6 58.4 747
  Widowed 34.6 36.7 63.3 10,534
  Single 3.6 41.6 58.4 1,096
Working status during the past 7 days *** Work 65.4 57.2 42.8 10,523
  Do not work 34.6 36.8 63.2 19,904
Average total income per year *** 100,000 Baht or more 16.0 55.8 44.2 4,867
  30,000-99,999 Baht 33.4 48.4 51.6 10,148
  10,000-29,999 Baht 34.2 40.3 59.7 10,391
  Less than 10,000 Baht 16.4 30.4 69.6 4,995
Living arrangement *** Living with children 17.7 44.6 55.4 5,393
  Spouse 16.3 48.2 51.8 4,966
  Alone 8.4 42.4 57.6 2,568
  Other 57.5 42.6 57.4 17,500
Number of chronic diseases *** No 56.1 53.3 46.7 17,073
  1 disease 29.2 35.5 64.5 8,885
  2 diseases 11.5 26.8 73.2 3,506
  3 or more diseases 3.2 16.0 84.0 963
Functional status *** Able to do all ADLs 61.8 55.3 44.7 18,805
  Difficulty in 1 and 2 ADLs 18.1 34.5 65.5 5,522
  Difficulty in 3 or more ADLs 20.0 17.2 82.8 6,100
Psychosocial symptoms *** No symptom 31.3 59.5 40.5 9,513
  1-2 symptoms 29.5 44.0 56.0 8,991
  3-4 symptoms 20.7 35.1 64.9 6,298
  5 or more symptoms 18.5 27.0 73.0 5,625
  Total 100.0 43.9 56.1 30,427
  1. • Note: *** = p < .001, ** = p < .01, * = p < .05; 1$: Baht 33.00