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Table 4 Social characteristics of the study samplea with Wilson disease in relation to persistence with treatment

From: Social and demographic characteristics of a Polish cohort with Wilson disease and the impact of treatment persistence

Variable Persistent
n = 139, % = 72.4
n (%)
Non-persistent
n = 53, % = 27.6
n (%)
p-value
Education
 - Primary school 4 (2.9) 1 (1.9) NS
 - Vocational education 29 (20.9) 17 (32.1) NS
 - Upper-secondary/post-secondary and higher education 106 (76.3) 35 (66) 0.02
Source of income
 - Salary 56 (40.3) 10 (18.9) < 0.001
 - Disability pension 49 (35.3) 22 (41.5) NS
 - Pension (retired) 2 (1.4) 0 (0) NS
 - Social support 6 (4.3) 3 (5.7) NS
 - Other (self-employed, farming, student stipend) 18 (13.0) 11 (20.8) NS
 - Family support 8 (5.8) 7 (13.2) NS
Status of household
 - Living alone 8 (5.8) 4 (7.6) NS
 - With parents/guardians 29 (20.9) 15 (28.3) NS
 - With wife/husband/informal relationship 44 (31.7) 14 (26.4) NS
 - With family (wife/husband and children) 50 (36.0) 17 (32.1) NS
 - Missing data 8 (5.8) 3 (5.7) NS
Marital status
 - Single 39 (28.1) 16 (30.2) NS
 - Divorced 9 (6.5) 2 (3.8) NS
 - Widowed 3 (2.2) 1 (1.9) NS
 - Married 70 (50.4) 21 (39.6) NS
 - Informal relationship 11 (7.9) 7 (13.2) NS
 - Missing data 7 (5.0) 6 (11.3) NS
  1. NS not significant
  2. aOnly 192 patients continued pharmacotherapy, 10 patients had liver transplants and subsequently stopped taking medication prescribed for Wilson disease