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Table 1 Patient demographics

From: Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey

Variable Value All patients (N = 1222) Used Internet to find out about bipolar disorder (BP) (N = 750)
N a % N a %
Diagnosis BP I 768 63.7 440 59.7
BP II 380 31.6 256 34.7
BP NOS 57 4.7 41 5.6
Gender Female 759 62.3 465 62.2
Male 459 37.7 283 37.8
Area of residence Urban 744 61.2 451 60.3
Suburban 291 23.9 196 26.2
Rural 181 14.9 101 13.5
Employment status Full-time 560 46.6 396 53.6
Not full-time 641 53.4 343 46.4
Marital status Married 593 48.9 359 48.3
Not married 619 51.1 385 51.7
Income group Upper income 80 6.6 60 8.1
Middle income 594 49.1 363 48.9
Lower income 535 44.3 320 43.1
Live alone Yes 299 24.7 190 25.5
No 913 75.3 556 74.5
Mood in last six months Mostly normal 581 47.9 317 42.6
Mostly not normal 632 52.1 428 57.4
BP interfered with regular activities Frequently or sometimes 768 63.2 524 70.1
Rarely or never 448 36.8 223 29.9
Confident managing living Very confident 454 37.5 259 34.8
Not very confident 757 62.5 486 65.2
Confident when to see doctor about BP Very confident 698 57.4 418 56.0
Not very confident 518 42.6 328 44.0
Means Na Mean (SD) Na Mean (SD)
Age 1217 44.4 (13.8) 748 41.1 (12.5)
Years of education 1199 14.0 (3.2) 737 14.4 (3.0)
Age of onset 1201 27.1 (10.9) 734 25.6 (10.1)
Years of Illness 1194 17.4 (12.2) 730 15.6 (11.6)
  1. aMissing values not included