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Table 1 Socio-demographics, self reported health and medical conditions

From: Self-reported medication side effects in an older cohort living independently in the community - the Melbourne Longitudinal Study on Healthy Ageing (MELSHA): cross-sectional analysis of prevalence and risk factors

   n % *N
Sociodemographics     
Age (years) 65 - 74 642 64 1000
  75+ 358 36  
Gender Male 467 47 1000
Country of Birth Born in Australia 743 74 999
Marital Status Married/living with partner 578 58 1000
Education Left school less than 15 years or no qualification 591 59 997
Health status &medicalconditions Self-rated health     
  very good/excellent 484 49 988
  good 326 33  
  fair/poor 178 18  
Hypertension   429 43 996
Low Blood Pressure   37 4 995
High Cholesterol   124 12 995
Myocardial infarction   114 11 996
Other heart problema   202 20 996
Stroke   58 6 996
Gout   67 7 996
Osteoporosis   68 7 996
Osteoarthritis   503 51 996
Other arthritis b   61 6 996
Emotional/psychiatric problems   94 9 996
Thyroid disease   37 4 996
Diabetes   64 6 996
Intestinal problems   197 20 996
Liver problems   14 1 995
Kidney or bladder problems   117 12 996
Chronic bronchitis   62 6 996
Emphysema   44 4 996
Asthma   89 9 996
Cataracts   186 19 994
Glaucoma   53 5 994
Anaemia   36 4 995
Migraine   54 5 996
Parkinsons   7 1 996
Problems feet or legs   360 36 995
Varicose veins   210 21 996
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis   114 11 996
Skin cancer   112 11 995
Other growths or cancer   33 3 996
  1. *N - total number of data for each variable
  2. aOther heart problems including angina and heart failure
  3. b Other arthritis including rheumatoid and other specified types