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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics (n = 425)

From: Perspectives on advance directives in Japanese society: A population-based questionnaire survey

    (%)
Sex Male 237 (55.8)
  Female 188 (44.2)
Age 20–29 91 (21.4)
  30–39 65 (15.3)
  40–49 88 (20.7)
  50–59 105 (24.7)
  60 and over 76 (17.9)
Education Junior High School 28 (6.6)
  High School 105 (24.7)
  Junior College 74 (17.4)
  University / College 205 (48.2)
  N.A. 13 (3.1)
Occupation Self-employed 74 (17.4)
  Full-time 192 (45.2)
  Part-time 35 (8.2)
  Unemployed 93 (21.9)
  Other 19 (4.5)
  N.A. 12 (2.8)
Religion Buddhism 69 (16.2)
  Shinto 8 (1.9)
  Christian 12 (2.8)
  Other 13 (3.1)
  None 307 (72.2)
  N.A. 16 (3.8)
Self-rated Health Status Good 144 (33.9)
  Fairly good 236 (55.5)
  Fairly poor 33 (7.8)
  Poor 6 (1.4)
  N.A. 6 (1.4)
Experience with hospitalization and death Yes (%) No(%) N.A
   Hospitalization (yourself) 65 (15.3) 326 (76.7) 34 (8.0)
   Hospitalization (family member) 178 (41.9) 224 (52.7) 23 (5.4)
   Family member, relative or friend's death 220 (51.8) 179 (42.1) 26 (6.1)