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Table 1 Background characteristics of psychiatric admissions to Jimma University Specialized Hospital

From: Length of stay of psychiatric admissions in a general hospital in Ethiopia: a retrospective study

Characteristics Number %
Sex (n = 846)   
 Male 492 58.2
 Female 354 41.8
Age in years (n = 846)   
 Less than 20 164 19.4
 20 – 29 415 49.1
 30 – 39 168 19.9
 40 and above 99 11.7
Marital status (n = 461)   
 Single 253 54.9
 Married 190 41.2
 Divorced 12 2.6
 Widowed 6 1.3
Occupation (n = 390)   
 Civil servant 55 14.1
 Farmer 103 26.4
 Housewife 75 19.2
 Student 98 25.1
 Unemployed 42 10.8
 Trader 17 4.4
Education (n = 317)   
 Illiterate 63 19.9
 Primary 92 29.0
 Secondary 70 22.1
 Tertiary 92 29.0
Religion (n = 447)   
 Orthodox Christian 144 32.2
 Muslim 247 55.3
 Protestant 52 11.6
 Other 4 0.9
Place of residence (n = 842)   
 Within 5 km of Jimma city 351 41.7
 ≥5 km outside of Jimma city 536 58.3
Patient paid for hospital services (n = 832)   
 No 646 77.6
 Paid half of the cost 54 6.5
 Paid all of the cost 132 15.9