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Table 1 Characteristics of participants in focus group discussions of barriers and motivators to participation and retention in cohort studies in Iran

From: Barriers and motivators to participation and retention in HIV/HCV cohort studies among people who inject drugs: a community consultation in Iran

Variables N = 30
Age (years), median (IQR) 35 (31–40)
Sex, n (%)
 Female 10 (33.3)
 Male 20 (66.7)
Education, n (%)
 Illiterate/Read and write only 3 (10.0)
 Primary school 7 (23.3)
 Middle school 10 (33.3)
 High school 4 (13.3)
 Diploma or higher 6 (20.1)
Ethnicity, n (%)
 Fars 29 (96.7)
 Azari/Turk 1 (3.3)
Current living place, n (%)
 Own house 7 (23.3)
 Parents’ house 2 (6.7)
 Friends, family or partner house 5 (16.7)
 Shelter 9 (30.0)
 Homeless 3 (10.0)
 Others (not specified) 4 (13.3)
Currently living with, n (%)
 Spouse and children 6 (20.0)
 Any partner 1 (3.3)
 Parents 2 (6.7)
 Other family members 0
 Same-sex friends 13 (43.3)
 By themselves 8 (26.7)
Age at first injection (years), median (IQR) 23.5 (19–30)
Self-reported drug injection in the last month, n (%) 22 (73.3)
Number of days injected drugs in the last month, median (range)a 5 (1, 30)
Number of injections per day in the last month, median (range)a 1 (1, 3)
  1. aAmong those reported drug injections in the last month