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Table 1 Summary statistics, 2005-2008

From: Inequalities in multimorbidity in South Africa

Year of survey   2005 2006 2007 2008
   Mean
Age a 26.71 26.80 26.98 26.67
  (19.37) (19.45) (19.51) (19.19)
   Proportion ( % )
Female 50.79 50.76 50.75 51.85
Marital status   Single/never married 66.15 66.49 66.81 67.69
    Married/living together 27.15 27.23 27.02 26.58
    Widow/widower 4.75 4.51 4.42 4.06
    Divorced/separated 1.94 1.78 1.75 1.67
Highest education level   No schooling 23.12 22.89 21.79 21.60
    Primary school 29.53 28.98 28.95 28.52
    Secondary school 45.29 46.06 47.05 47.54
    Tertiary 2.06 2.07 2.21 2.33
Suffer any illness or injury   12.63 12.49 11.12 13.75
Illness type   Flu 7.20 7.09 5.65 7.66
    Diarrhoea 0.56 0.58 0.42 0.64
    Trauma 0.25 0.37 0.18 0.33
    Tb 0.69 0.59 0.55 0.73
    Drug 0.06 0.05 0.03 0.07
    Depression 0.34 0.36 0.33 0.37
    Diabetes 0.65 0.60 0.55 0.77
    BP 1.53 1.23 1.19 1.55
    HIV 0.15 0.16 0.20 0.28
    STD 0.05 0.04 0.03 0.05
Suffer any disability 3.22 3.12 3.01 3.36
Disability type   Sight 0.70 0.70 0.63 0.83
    Hearing 0.49 0.50 0.46 0.52
    Speech 0.26 0.21 0.20 0.24
    Physical 1.20 1.08 1.05 1.16
    Intellectual 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.57
    Emotional 0.32 0.27 0.29 0.37
Number of observations b 107,987 105,727 109,975 94,097
  1. Source: Author’s computation based on GHS 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  2. Note: aStandard deviations in brackets; bTotal number of individuals in the dataset. Descriptive statistics were computed using only valid responses; so the number of observations will be different for each variable.