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Table 2 Sociodemographic characteristics of the study population and mean knowledge scores

From: Knowledge about hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infection and consequences: a cross-sectional assessment of baseline knowledge among infected patients in West Bengal, India

Variable (%) N Mean score on 8-point scale P-value
District (n = 520)
 Bankura 1.5 (8) 3.50 0.122
 Birbhum 2.3 (12) 4.92
 Burdwan 3.3 (17) 4.12
 Coochbehar 0.2 (1) 4.00
 Darjiling 0.2 (1) 4.00
 East Midnapore 4.2 (22) 5.45
 Hooghly 6.0 (31) 5.06
 Howrah 7.5 (39) 4.38
 Jalpaiguri 0.2 (1) 6.00
 Kolkata 23.5 (122) 5.14
 Malda 2.9 (15) 4.87
 Murshidabad 6.3 (33) 4.70
 Nadia 7.1 (37) 4.84
 North 24 Pargana 14.0 (73) 5.14
 North Dinajpur 0.6 (3) 3.00
 Purulia 0.4 (2) 4.50
 South 24 Pargana 15.8 (82) 4.02
 South Dinajpur 0.8 (4) 5.25
 West Midnapore 1.9 (10) 4.20
 Other 1.4 (7) 5.43
Sex (n = 520)
 Male 65.8 (342) 4.73 0.574
 Female 34.2 (178) 4.84
Age (years) (n = 520)
  < 25 15.4 (80) 4.70 0.009
 25 – 34 34.2 (178) 5.04
 35 – 44 23.7 (123) 4.98
 45 – 54 15.2 (79) 4.44
 55+ 11.5 (60) 3.98
Education (n = 489)a
 No formal educationb 3.1 (15) 2.80 0.0001
 Completed primary education (4th standard) 19.6 (96) 3.56
 Completed middle school (8th standard) 41.5 (203) 4.78
 Completed high school (12th standard) 11.7 (57) 5.42
 Completed college/university or above 24.1 (118) 6.18
Total monthly household income (INR) (n = 399)c
 Less than 1865 17.3 (30) 3.57 0.0001
 1866 – 5546 40.6 (203) 4.48
 5547 – 9248 25.3 (68) 5.13
 9249 – 13 873 5.3 (39) 5.41
 More than 13 873 11.5 (59) 6.10
  1. a31 respondents did not answer the question about education
  2. bRespondents who reported that they had received less than 4th standard education were classified as “no formal education.”
  3. c121 respondents did not answer the question about income