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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristic of respondents (n = 1047)

From: Knowledge, attitude and behaviour on salt intake and its association with hypertension in the Malaysian population: findings from MyCoSS (Malaysian Community Salt Survey)

Sociodemographic characteristics Frequency Percentage (%)
Gender
 Male 428 40.9
 Female 619 59.1
Age   
 < 35 232 22.2
 35–44 176 16.8
 45–54 216 20.6
 55–64 244 23.3
 > 64 179 17.1
Ethnicity
 Malay 662 63.2
 Chinese 116 11.1
 Indians 63 6.0
 Other/Bumiputera 206 19.7
Marital statusa
 Never married 133 12.7
 Married 760 72.7
 Separated/widowed 153 14.6
Education level
 None 96 9.2
 Primary education 220 21.0
 Secondary education 503 48.0
 Higher 228 21.8
Occupation
 Public sector 144 13.8
 Private sector 173 16.5
 Self-employed 232 22.2
 Housewife 298 28.5
 Unemployed 142 13.6
 Student/others 58 5.5
Household income (RM/month)
 < 1000 324 31.0
 1000–1999 203 19.4
 2000–2999 174 16.6
 3000–3999 125 11.9
 > 3999 221 21.1
Diagnosed hypertensionb
 Yes 339 34.1
 No 654 65.9
  1. aBased on 1046 respondents
  2. bBased on 993 respondents