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Table 2 Results of multivariable analyses for (A) patients who booked their appointments in advance (n = 988) and (B) the subgroup of patients who reported illness as their reason for contact (n = 415)

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

Category (RC = reference) (A) Patients who booked their appointment in advance (n = 988) (B) Patients who reported illness as their reason for contact (n = 415)
n Odds ratio (OR) 95% CI for OR p value n Odds ratio (OR) 95% CI for OR p value
Age
  975 1.02 1.003–1.03 0.02 411 1.02 1.001–1.04 0.04
 Data missing/NA 13     4    
Sex   
 Male (RC) 347 1.0    131 1.0   
 Female 639 1.0 0.8–1.4 0.81 284 1.1 0.7–1.8 0.72
 Data missing/NA 2     0    
Type of residence   
 Urban (RC) 459 1.0    187 1.0   
 Rural 515 0.9 0.7–1.2 0.55 221 1.0 1.6–1.5 0.96
 Data missing/NA 14     7    
Working status   
 Working (RC) 240 1.0    113 1.0   
 Retired 172 1.3 0.8–2.0 0.28 223 2.4 1.2–4.7 0.01
 Other or several 572 1.3 0.8–2.1 0.27 78 2.2 1.0–4.7 0.04
 Data missing/NA 4     1    
Education   
 Lower-level (RC) 628 1.0    266 1.0   
 Middle-level 256 1.0 0.7–1.4 0.96 101 1.0 0.6–1.8 0.90
 Upper-level 90 1.5 0.9–2.6 0.11 44 1.4 0.6–3.0 0.38
 Data missing/NA 14     4    
Income (own estimate)   
 Below average (RC) 382 1.0    170 1.0   
 Around average 530 0.8 0.6–1.1 0.18 218 0.8 0.5–1.2 0.16
 Above average 69 0.6 0.3–1.2 0.14 24 0.5 0.2–1.4 0.20
 Data missing/NA 7     3    
Chronic diseasea   
 No (RC) 298 1.0    130 1.0   
 Yes 694 1.2 0.9–1.7 0.21 281 1.0 0.6–1.7 0.92
 Data missing/NA 9     4    
Health status (own estimate)   
 Very good/good (RC) 390 1.0    147 1.0   
 Fair/poor 595 0.9 0.7–1.3 0.60 266 1.0 0.6–1.6 0.91
 Data missing/NA 9     2    
Has an assigned GP   
 No (RC) 304 1.0    138 1.0   
 Yes 673 0.8 0.6–1.0 0.10 275 0.9 0.6–1.5 0.72
 Data missing/NA 11     2    
Reason for appointment   
 Illness (RC) 415 1.0       
 Non-urgent check-up 233 4.5 3.2–6.5 < 0.001     
 Need for a medical document 141 4.0 2.6–6.2 < 0.001     
 Other or several 197 2.0 1.4–2.9 < 0.001     
 Data missing/NA 2        
  1. Waiting time more than 7 days (A) or more than 2 days (B) as a dependent variable
  2. CI confidence interval, NA non-applicable
  3. Italic values indicate significance of p value (p < 0.05)
  4. aHaving a long-standing disease or condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc