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Table 1 Background characteristics of Chinese rural women in 2006 and 2008-2009* (n,%)

From: Equity in use of maternal health services in Western Rural China: a survey from Shaanxi province

   2006 (n = 948)   2008-2009 (n = 1614)
Age in years       
 15–24   295 36.9   656 40.6
 25–29   249 31.2   564 34.9
 30–49   255 31.9   394 24.4
Education**       
 Illiterate   41 4.6   33 2.2
 Primary school   212 23.6   222 14.5
 Secondary school or higher   645 71.8   1279 83.4
Annual family income*** in RMB 9000 12000
Poorest 5000 255 26.9 8000 418 25.9
2nd poorest 7000 129 13.6 10000 353 21.9
Middle 10000 239 25.2 15000 311 19.3
4th richest 15000 186 19.6 20000 289 17.9
Richest 15000+ 139 14.7 20000+ 243 15.1
History of abortion or stillbirth       
No   802 84.0   558 69.5
Yes   153 16.0   245 30.5
  1. *n(%).
  2. **Illiterate refers to women who did not receive any education or received <1 year; primary school refers to women who received education for ≤6 years; secondary school or higher refers to women who received education for >6 years.
  3. ***Annual family income refers to the total income of the family last year.