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Table 2 Summary of variables and socioeconomic characteristics

From: Measuring the health of the Indian elderly: evidence from National Sample Survey data

Survey Total North East South West
Sample size 33,940 12,545 8,692 7,795 4,908
Mean age 67.80 68.11 67.62 67.54 67.71
Male (%) 48.69 48.56 51.93 47.18 46.89
Urban (%) 21.92 18.45 17.93 25.58 30.09
Socioeconomic characteristics
Primary education completed (%) 18.89 14.45 19.26 23.10 22.53
Avg. monthly per capita consumption expenditure (rupee) 389.87 393.20 336.71 391.96 451.79
Scheduled caste or scheduled tribe (%) 23.75 26.06 26.80 17.13 24.30
Health variables
SRH- Excellent (%) 1.58 1.77 1.43 1.29 1.80
SRH- Good (%) 7.44 7.08 8.06 6.52 8.88
SRH- Fair (%) 71.65 72.03 67.23 73.38 74.11
SRH- Poor (%) 19.33 19.12 23.28 18.82 15.21
With one or more common chronic diseases1 (%) 44.93 41.03 47.41 49.44 43.34
With one or more disabilities2 (%) 36.07 35.76 36.85 34.59 37.80
Being hospitalized in the last year (%) 4.00 2.55 2.75 6.60 5.17
  1. 1The list of common chronic diseases includes joint disease, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer
  2. 2Including disabilities in visual, speech, hearing and motor function