Table 2.

Characteristics of survey respondents

CharacteristicaRespondents, n=87, n (%)
Age, yr
 18–343 (4)
 35–5436 (41)
 55–7443 (49)
 75 or older5 (6)
Sex
 Men40 (46)
 Women47 (54)
Education level
 Less than high school5 (6)
 High school graduate or GED26 (30)
 Associates degree or some college34 (39)
 College graduate or higher22 (25)
Employmentb
 Employed full time8 (9)
 Employed part time9 (10)
 Unemployed13 (15)
 Homemaker2 (2)
 Full-time student1 (1)
 Retired24 (28)
 Disabled or cannot work because of health reasons44 (51)
 Other1 (1)
Race/ethnicityb
 White58 (67)
 Black19 (22)
 Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin8 (9)
 American Indian or Alaska Native6 (7)
 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander1 (1)
 Asian1 (1)
 Some other race, ethnicity, or origin2 (2)
United States region
 Northeast31 (36)
 Midwest11 (13)
 South21 (24)
 West24 (28)
Length of time receiving in-center hemodialysis
 <6 mo8 (9)
 6–11 mo8 (9)
 1–5 yr39 (45)
 6–10 yr16 (18)
 >10 yr16 (18)
History of kidney transplant
 Yes16 (18)
Overall health rating
 Excellent1 (1)
 Very good16 (18)
 Good26 (30)
 Fair34 (39)
 Poor10 (12)
Comorbid conditionsb
 Diabetes or “high sugar”29 (33)
 High BP59 (68)
 Heart problems31 (36)
 Lung problems14 (16)
 Problems with blood flow in legs8 (9)
 Nerve pain from diabetes18 (21)
 Vision problems32 (37)
 Other21 (24)
Survey helper
 Yes7 (8)
Survey helper actionsb
 Read the questions to them3 (43)
 Entered their answers into the online survey6 (86)
 Translated the questions into their language0 (0)
 Answered the questions for them, because I help take care of them, and they cannot answer the questions on their own1 (14)
 Helped in some other way0 (0)
  • GED, general equivalency diploma.

  • a Values are presented as n (%). All characteristics were patient reported.

  • b Responses are not mutually exclusive.