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Table 1 Length of waiting times for an appointment by background factors

From: Analysis of factors associated with waiting times for GP appointments in Finnish health centres: a QUALICOPC study

  Appointment in advance (n = 988) Illness as reason for contact (n = 415)
Within 7 days, n (%) More than 7 days, n (%) Within 2 days, n (%) More than 2 days, n (%)
Age (years)
 < 30 57 (11.3) 22 (4.7) 20 (10.8) 15 (6.6)
 30–49 108 (21.4) 74 (15.7) 53 (28.6) 42 (18.6)
 50–69 200 (39.6) 191 (40.6) 78 (42.2) 76 (33.6)
 ≥ 70 140 (27.7) 183 (38.9) 34 (18.4) 93 (41.2)
Sex
 Male 175 (34.2) 172 (36.3) 62 (33.5) 69 (30.0)
 Female 337 (65.8) 302 (63.7) 123 (66.5) 161 (70.0)
Type of residence
 Urban 234 (46.2) 225 (48.2) 81 (44.8) 106 (46.7)
 Rural 273 (53.8) 242 (51.8) 100 (55.2) 121 (53.3)
Working status
 Working 152 (29.7) 88 (18.6) 76 (41.3) 37 (16.1)
 Retired 261 (51.1) 311 (65.8) 76 (41.3) 147 (63.9)
 Other or several 98 (19.2) 74 (15.6) 32 (17.4) 46 (20)
Education
 Lower-level 314 (62.1) 314 (67.1) 109 (59.6) 157 (68.9)
 Middle-level 145 (28.7) 111 (23.7) 52 (28.4) 49 (21.5)
 Higher-level 47 (9.3) 43 (9.2) 22 (12.0) 22 (9.6)
Income (own estimate)
 Below average 187 (36.7) 195 (41.3) 61 (33.2) 109 (47.8)
 Around average 283 (55.6) 247 (52.3) 109 (59.2) 109 (47.8)
 Above average 39 (7.7) 30 (6.4) 14 (7.6) 10 (4.4)
Chronic diseasea
 No 178 (35.0) 120 (25.4) 68 (37.0) 62 (27.3)
 Yes 331 (65.0) 353 (74.6) 116 (63.0) 165 (72.7)
Health status (own estimate)
 Very good/good 212 (41.5) 178 (37.6) 78 (42.6) 69 (30.0)
 Fair/poor 299 (58.5) 296 (62.4) 105 (57.4) 161 (70.0)
Has an assigned GP
 No 156 (30.6) 148 (31.7) 62 (33.5) 76 (33.3)
 Yes 354 (69.4) 319 (68.3) 123 (66.5) 152 (66.7)
Reason for appointment
 Illness 284 (55.6) 131 (27.6) 185 (44.6) 230 (55.4)
 Non-urgent check-up 71 (13.9) 162 (34.1)   
 Need for a medical document 53 (10.4) 88 (18.5)   
 Other or several 103 (20.2) 94 (19.8)   
  1. aHaving a long-standing disease or condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc