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Table 1 Descriptive statistics (unweighted sample size, weighted percentages)

From: Uses and perceptions of medications among French older adults: results from the 2020 French Health Barometer survey

     Think they Do not Have difficulty
    Self- take too many understand all taking medications
Characteristics All Polypharmacy(a) medication(b) medications(c) medications(d) as prescribed(e)
  (n = 1,623) (n = 334) (n = 862) (n = 248) (n = 90) (n = 105)
Sociodemographic variables
Sex
  Male 681 (44.7) 158 (24.8) 339 (45.0) 132 (27.3) 46 (7.4) 42 (7.4)
  Female 942 (55.3) 176 (22.5) 523 (51.7) 116 (19.6) 44 (8.8) 63 (11.6)
Age group (years)
  70 – 74 789 (43.6) 123 (18.1) 447 (52.5) 126 (26.8) 34 (5.1) 43 (7.5)
  75 – 79 474 (30.8) 106 (26.5) 251 (50.2) 67 (20.3) 24 (8.3) 26 (7.4)
  80 – 85 360 (25.6) 105 (29.1) 164 (40.5) 55 (21.3) 32 (12.8) 36 (15.6)
Living situation       
  Not living alone 906 (65.8) 161 (21.3) 503 (49.3) 135 (23.6) 44 (7.2) 58 (10.1)
  Living alone 717 (34.2) 173 (27.8) 359 (47.5) 113 (22.5) 46 (9.8) 47 (8.9)
Socio-professional category       
  Intermediate/Executive/Intellectual 771 (38.7) 142 (19.7) 443 (53.4) 114 (23.1) 32 (5.1) 35 (5.3)
  Employees 399 (28.5) 86 (24.4) 211 (50.3) 51 (20.0) 18 (7.1)) 30 (13.0)
  Laborers/Farmers/Craftsmen/Traders 421 (32.8) 97 (26.1) 189 (41.7) 78 (25.0) 38 (11.9) 35 (9.4)
  Missing 32      
Education level
  None/Primary 437 (38.9) 129 (32.2) 180 (38.4) 76 (25.1) 36 (11.7) 45 (14.7)
  Secondary 685 (42.8) 133 (19.3) 366 (52.1) 110 (22.3) 35 (6.0) 34 (6.2)
  Post-secondary 487 (18.3) 67 (14.2) 310 (62.7) 59 (20.9) 19 (5.5) 25 (6.7)
  Missing data 14      
Income (euros)
   < 1500 394 (30.6) 109 (31.7) 182 (43.0) 69 (24.6) 35 (11.9) 31 (11.6)
  1500 – 3000 705 (46.2) 143 (23.1) 373 (47.1) 108 (23.5) 34 (7.2) 58 (12.1)
   > 3000 373 (23.2) 58 (16.8) 229 (60.3) 52 (21.5) 13 (3.7) 11 (2.7)
  Missing 151      
Health-related variables
Self-perceived health
  Very good/Good 942 (55.9) 96 (12.0) 528 (50.3) 101 (19.1) 31 (5.4) 33 (5.0)
  Very bad/Bad/Fair 678 (44.1) 238 (38.2) 332 (46.5) 145 (26.6) 59 (11.0) 72 (14.6)
  Missing 3      
Chronic conditions
  No 685 (43.3) 55 (9.6) 376 (47.7) 49 (16.0) 19 (5.9) 17 (4.7)
  Yes 930 (56.7) 278 (34.1) 438 (50.0) 198 (26.5) 70 (9.3) 87 (12.3)
  Missing 8      
Activity limitation
  Not limited 965 (59.3) 107 (12.4) 517 (48.4) 95 (17.6) 31 (4.6) 29 (4.1)
  Limited but not severely 419 (25.9) 106 (31.1) 253 (58.4) 92 (29.9) 37 (13.4) 45 (15.5)
  Severely limited 232 (14.8) 119 (55.4) 91 (33.7) 61 (28.2) 22 (11.6) 31 (19.0)
  Missing 7      
Frailty status
  Not frail 710 (42.4) 78 (12.9) 396 (50.9) 72 (17.8) 21 (4.8) 19 (4.0)
  Pre-frail 722 (43.5) 155 (22.3) 398 (52.2) 126 (23.7) 39 (7.9) 53 (9.9)
  Frail 188 (14.1) 101 (60.0) 67 (31.4) 50 (32.7) 29 (16.8) 33 (22.7)
  Missing 3      
  1. (a): Sample size without missing outcome data / Sample size with missing outcome data: 1,614 / 1,623
  2. (b): Sample size without missing outcome data / Sample size with missing outcome data: 1,620 / 1,623
  3. (c): Sample size without missing outcome data / Sample size with missing outcome data: 1,074 / 1,080
  4. (d): Sample size without missing outcome data / Sample size with missing outcome data: 1,317 / 1,321
  5. (e): Sample size without missing outcome data / Sample size with missing outcome data: 1,319 / 1,321