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Table 3 Socio-demographic and educational variables of the study participants stratified by perceived knowledge of medication error definition (N = 212).

From: A survey of community members' perceptions of medical errors in Oman

Characteristic Knowledge of Medication Errors
  No (n = 47) Yes (n = 165) p-value
Age, mean ± SD, in years 43 ± 17 31 ± 11 <0.001
Age category, n (%)    
   15–24 years 5 (11%) 47 (28%) <0.001
   25–34 years 10 (21%) 67 (41%)  
   35–44 years 11 (23%) 27 (16%)  
   >44 years 21 (45%) 24 (15%)  
Gender, n (%)    
   Female 18 (38%) 82 (50%) 0.167
   Male 29 (62%) 83 (50%)  
Educational Level, n (%)    
   Illiterate 17 (36%) 18 (11%) <0.001
   Reads & writes/preparatory 27 (57%) 120 (72%)  
   Secondary and above 3 (6%) 27 (16%)  
Marital Status, married, n (%) 40 (85%) 108 (65%) 0.010
Family Income, n (%), in OR    
   <200 23 (49%) 43 (26%) 0.004
   200 – 500 20 (43% 82 (50%)  
   >500 4 (9%) 40 (24%)  
Usual Source of Healthcare, n (%)    
   Local Health Center 33 (70%) 108 (65%) 0.272
   Local Hospital 6 (13%) 20 (12%)  
   Private Hospital 7 (15%) 37 (22%)  
   Others (e.g. Traditional Healer) 1 (2%) 0 (0%)  
Frequency of Healthcare Use, n (%)    
   1–5 2 (4.3%) 13 (7.9%) 0.787
   6–10 21 (45%) 72 (44%)  
   >10 24 (51%) 80 (48%)  
History of Chronic Disease, n (%) 22 (47%) 75 (45%) 0.869
Seeing a Doctor Regularly, n (%) 26 (55%) 98 (59%) 0.617
  1. SD = Standard deviation; Percents are column percents; OR = Omani Rials; Differences between groups were analyzed using Student's t-test, Pearson's χ2 test, and Fisher's Exact test whenever appropriate.