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Table 3 Characteristics of the women (n = 29)a

From: Improving women’s knowledge about prenatal screening in the era of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome – development and acceptability of a low literacy decision aid

Characteristics N (%)
Socio-demographic characteristics
 Age (years)
  Mean 32
  Range 25–40
 Marital Status
  Married 24 (83)
  Living with partner 4 (14)
  Not living with partner 1 (3)
 Educational level
  Year 10 or belowb 3 (10)
  Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC)c 2 (7)
  Trade or technical certificate 7 (24)
  Bachelors/Undergraduate degree 10 (35)
  Postgraduate degree 7 (24)
 Country of birth
  Australia 22 (76)
  Other 7 (24)
 Language/s spoken at home
  English only 19 (66)
  Bilingual 10 (34)
 Current employment status
  Full-time employed 14 (48)
  Part-time employed 7 (24)
  Self-employed 3 (10)
  Homemaker 4 (14)
  Student 1 (3)
 Has private health insurance
  Yes 22 (76)
  No 6 (21)
 Obstetric variables
 First pregnancy
  Yes 13 (45)
  No 16 (55)
 Previous pregnancy outcomes
  Previously experienced a miscarriage 7 (24)
  Previously experienced a termination of pregnancy 2 (7)
 Previous screening tests
  Yes 9 (31)
  No 5 (17)
  Unsure 3 (10)
 Previous diagnostic tests
  No 16 (55)
  Unsure 1 (3)
  1. aSome percentages do not add up to 100% due to rounding
  2. bIn Australia, Year 10 is the 10th full year of compulsory secondary (or high school) education with students aged between 15 and 16 years. By the end of Year 10, all qualifying students complete secondary (high) school
  3. cSenior secondary (high) school education runs from Year 11 and Year 12 with students aged between 16 to 18 years. The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the qualification awarded to senior secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school