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Table 2 Maternal sociodemographic characteristics associated with expressed and revealed preference for proximity

From: Choice in maternity care: associations with unit supply, geographic accessibility and user characteristics

Sociodemographic characteristics Reason for choice is proximity (NPS1) Closest unit was chosen (VS2)
  N % N %
Maternal age     
<25 years 1836 44.4 119470 67.5
25-29 3241 36.9 234901 62.7
30-34 3096 33.9 246679 60.5
> = 35 1478 31.1 135308 59.0
p   <.0001   <0.001
Parity     
0 4159 38.3 421578 61.1
1 3368 34.9 207607 63.0
2 1343 34.3 75183 63.5
3 422 34.8 19920 64.9
> = 4 247 37.3 12070 66.2
p   0.0098   <0.001
Household socioeconomic status     
Professional/managerial 1775 30.7 113961 52.4
Intermediate 1985 33.7 174695 59.8
Administrative, self-employed 2985 38.5 153799 63.1
Shop assistant, service workers 1370 36.5 65880 65.8
Skilled manual 839 42.4 81206 67.1
Unskilled manual 327 42.2 49376 69.9
No occupation 195 41.5 97441 65.0
p   <.0001   <0.001
Urban/Rural     
Urban 6196 35.7 471794 61.3
Peri-urban 2007 34.5 152067 65.3
Rural 1454 42.3 112495 60.8
p   <0.001   <0.001
  1. 1NPS: National Perinatal Survey.
  2. 2VS: Vital Statistics Registry.