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Table 3 Comparison of Selected Characteristics Between the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1921-26 Cohort and the 1995 National Health Survey.

From: Relative survival: a useful tool to assess generalisability in longitudinal studies of health in older persons

  ALSWH N = 12423 NHS N = 894  
Item % % P Value
Smoking Status    
Never-smoker 62.1 64.6 <0.0001
Ex-smoker 30.4 24.3  
Current smoker 7.6 11.0  
Marital Status    
Partnered 55.6 49.6 <0.0001
Separated/Divorced 6.3 5.6  
Widowed 34.8 42.4  
Never married 3.2 2.4  
Country of Birth    
Australian born 73.5 74.2 0.05
Other English Speaking 13.6 10.9  
Europe 10.1 12.0  
Asia 1.8 1.4  
Other 1.0 1.6  
Highest Educational Qualification    
No Higher Qualification 84.0 79.3 <0.0001
Trade/Apprentice Certificate/Diploma 11.7 16.7  
University 4.2 2.7  
Inadequately described   1.2  
Body Mass Index (BMI) Group    
Underweight, BMI < 18.5 3.2 4.2 0.07
Healthy weight, 18.5 ≤ BMI < 25 50.4 52.1  
Overweight, 25 ≤ BMI < 30 33.1 29.1  
Obese, 30 ≤ BMI 13.2 14.5  
Self Rated Health    
Excellent 6.4 7.6 <0.0001
Very good 26.2 23.2  
Good 39.4 34.4  
Fair 23.6 24.3  
Poor 4.3 10.5  
Does Your Health Limit You in Walking 100 m    
Limited a lot 7.1 11.3 <0.0001
Limited a little 15.4 19.7  
Not limited 77.4 68.9  
State or Territory of Residence    
New South Wales 34.9 35.8 0.969
Australian Capital Territory 1.1 0.8  
Queensland 16.3 16.6  
South Australia 10.2 10.0  
Tasmania 2.8 2.5  
Victoria 26.0 25.9  
Western Australia 8.5 8.5