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Table 1 Demographic distribution of survey respondents

From: Priority setting in health: development and application of a multi-criteria algorithm for the population of New Zealand’s Waikato region

  % survey respondents % SmartHealth 2017 population % WDHB 2013 census population
Gender
 Female 64.3 63.7 52.3
 Male 35.1 36.3 47.7
 Other/declined 0.6 0.0 0.0
Agea
 18–29 years 7.1 20.0 18.0
 30–49 years 20.7 29.7 35.3
 50–69 years 44.8†† 34.5 32.7
 70+ years 26.9†† 15.1 14.0
 Declined 0.5 0.0 0.0
Educationb
 None 0.8 0.0
 Primary school 0.3 16.2
 Secondary school 32.8 43.9
 Vocational school 9.6 21.7
 College/university or higher 55.7††† 18.2
 Declined 0.8 0.0
Ethnicity
 European 75.9 69.3 71.5
 Māori 16.7 18.4 16.7
 Pacific peoples 1.7 1.9 2.8
 Asian 2.4 6.2 6.6
 Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 1.3 0.8
 Other/declined 2.0 4.2 1.6
  1. aAge percentage categories for the SmartHealth 2017 population add up to slightly less than 100% since minors are allowed to enroll in SmartHealth, but were not allowed to take the survey. Age percentage categories for the WDHB 2013 census population were calculated for individuals 20 years or older
  2. bEducation-level data were not available for the SmartHealth 2017 population. Education percentage categories for the WDHB 2013 census population were calculated for individuals 20 years or older
  3. The 95% confidence interval estimate of the difference between the female proportion of survey respondents and the female proportion of the WDHB 2013 census population is 9.9–14.9% (χ2 = 87.9, df = 1, p < 0.001)
  4. ††The 95% confidence interval estimate of the difference between the older proportion of survey respondents (≥ 50 years of age) and the older proportion of the WDHB 2013 census population is 23.1–27.7% (χ2 = 366.3, df = 1, p < 0.001)
  5. †††The 95% confidence interval estimate of the difference between the college educated proportion of survey respondents (college/university education or higher) and the college educated proportion of the WDHB 2013 census population is 35.3–40.5% (χ2 = 1341.2, df = 1, p < 0.001)