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Table 3 Demographic and clinical characteristics of study participants by treatment* experience

From: Assessment of motivating factors associated with the initiation and completion of treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection

Patient characteristics All (n = 120) Completed (n = 30) Discontinued (n = 30) Current (n = 30) Naïve (n = 30)
Age in years, mean(±SD) 49.1 (±11.6) 56.8 (±8.4) 49.9 (±9.6) 47.6 (±9.7) 42.0 (±13.2)
Male, n (%) 67 (56) 17 (57) 16 (53) 17 (57) 17 (57)
Married, n (%) 29 (24) 11 (37) 8 (27) 7 (23) 3 (10)
Living alone at time of treatment, n (%)a 34 (38) 12 (40) 10 (33) 12 (40) NA
Race/ethnicity, n (%) b
Caucasian/White 76 (63) 25 (83) 16 (53) 22 (73) 13 (43)
African American/Black 28 (23) 3 (10) 8 (27) 6 (20) 11 (37)
Hispanic/Latino 12 (10) 2 (7) 5 (17) 1 (3) 4 (13)
Asian/Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 3 (3) 0 (0) 1 (3) 1 (3) 1 (3)
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (3) 0 (0)
Other 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (3)
Highest education level, n (%) b
Bachelors/graduate degree 28 (23) 11 (37) 8 (27) 6 (20) 3 (10)
Some college/2 year associate degree 50 (42) 11 (37) 13 (43) 13 (43) 13 (43)
High school diploma/GED 32 (27) 7 (23) 7 (23) 10 (33) 8 (27)
Less than high school 10 (8) 1 (3) 1 (7) 1 (3) 6 (20)
Health insurance status when deciding whether to start treatment , n(%) c
Private 61 (51) 19 (63) 19 (63) 13 (43) 10 (33)
No health insurance 26 (22) 4 (13) 4 (13) 9 (30) 9 (30)
Medicaid only 19 (16) 3 (10) 6 (20) 5 (17) 5 (17)
Medicare or Medicaid/Medicare dual 9 (8) 2 (7) 1 (3) 1 (3) 5 (17)
Military insurance/TRICARE/VA 5 (4) 2 (7) 0 (0) 2 (7) 1 (3)
Comorbid conditions, n (%) d
Depression 62 (52) 10 (33) 16 (53) 19 (63) 17 (57)
Anxiety 53 (44) 9 (30) 11 (37) 15 (50) 18 (60)
Compensated cirrhosis 18 (15) 5 (17) 8 (27) 4 (13) 1 (3)
Diabetes 9 (8) 3 (10) 4 (13) 1 (3) 1 (3)
Time since HCV diagnosis in years, mean (±SD) 7.3 (±5.7) 10.4 (±6.4) 9.1 (±5.0) 5.4 (±5.5) 4.2 (±3.2)
  1. *Treatment refers to pegylated interferon and ribavirin (PR).
  2. aLiving alone at the time of treatment was not assessed for the treatment-naïve population, therefore the total denominator for all patients = 90.
  3. bPercentages may not add to 100% because of rounding.
  4. cCurrent health insurance status (i.e., status at the time of the interview) is captured for treatment-naïve patients.
  5. dPatients may have more than one comorbid condition.