Table 3

Factors associated with looking for health information to help deal with a consultation among general population

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Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value

Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value

Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value


Male

1.02

0.88-1.19

0.767

0.89

0.77-1.02

0.103

0.93

0.8-1.08

0.328

Female

1

1

1

Age

<.001

<.001

0.034

15-25

4.41

2.86-6.79

<.001

2.48

1.61-3.82

<.001

1.64

1.08-2.48

0.02

26-35

3.77

2.52-5.65

<.001

2.44

1.62-3.68

<.001

1.75

1.18-2.58

0.005

36-45

2.74

1.82-4.13

<.001

2.1

1.38-3.19

<.001

1.73

1.16-2.58

0.007

46-55

2.25

1.5-3.38

<.001

1.59

1.05-2.41

0.029

1.46

0.98-2.17

0.06

56-65

1.68

1.13-2.51

0.011

1.11

0.73-1.69

0.632

1.21

0.82-1.8

0.332

66-80

1

1

1

Education

0.021

<.001

<.001

Higher education

1.38

1.09-1.75

0.007

2.07

1.64-2.61

<.001

2.04

1.62-2.56

<.001

A-Level

1.29

1.04-1.59

0.019

1.38

1.12-1.7

0.003

1.33

1.08-1.63

0.007

Below A-Level

1

1

1

Kids at home (< 18)

1.04

0.88-1.23

0.638

0.99

0.84-1.16

0.897

1

0.85-1.17

0.995

No kids at home

1

1

1

Place of living

0.086

0.002

0.020

City

1.32

1.02-1.72

0.034

1.64

1.26-2.14

<.001

1.5

1.16-1.94

0.002

Minor city or suburbs of a big city

1.41

1.08-1.85

0.011

1.51

1.15-1.97

0.003

1.35

1.04-1.76

0.022

Village

1.32

1.01-1.73

0.045

1.59

1.21-2.09

<.001

1.35

1.03-1.76

0.028

Rural/scattered house

1

1

1

Work situation

0.43

0.361

0.643

Student

1.24

0.89-1.71

0.199

1.17

0.87-1.59

0.302

1.16

0.85-1.56

0.35

Working

1.09

0.88-1.35

0.425

0.96

0.78-1.19

0.735

1.04

0.84-1.28

0.711

Not at work

1

1

1

Disable or with diagnosis

1.05

0.83-1.34

0.665

0.98

0.78-1.24

0.871

1.18

0.94-1.49

0.16

No

1

1

1

Relative disable or with diagnosis

1.03

0.87-1.22

0.736

0.94

0.8-1.11

0.473

1

0.85-1.18

0.977

No

1

1

1

Subjective health

0.718

0.661

0.829

Good

0.84

0.54-1.29

0.426

0.83

0.54-1.25

0.368

0.95

0.63-1.44

0.815

Fair

0.86

0.56-1.34

0.514

0.83

0.54-1.27

0.383

1.01

0.66-1.53

0.976

Bad

1

1

1

One or more visits to GP in the previous year

1.13

0.92-1.39

0.244

1.3

1.06-1.6

0.012

1.55

1.26-1.89

<.001

No visits to GP in the previous year

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to interact with unknown HP

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

1.34

0.92-1.94

0.123

1.19

0.87-1.63

0.284

1.4

1-1.95

0.052

Infrequent

2.11

1.7-2.62

<.001

1.72

1.43-2.08

<.001

1.78

1.47-2.16

<.001

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to participate in forums or self help groups

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

1.87

1.26-2.77

0.002

1.65

1.21-2.24

0.002

1.72

1.23-2.39

0.001

Infrequent

1.69

1.33-2.13

<.001

1.92

1.56-2.36

<.001

1.66

1.34-2.05

<.001

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to order medicines or other products related to health

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

2.13

1.29-3.51

0.003

1.88

1.27-2.79

0.002

2

1.3-3.08

0.002

Infrequent

1.54

1.22-1.94

<.001

1.34

1.09-1.65

0.006

1.33

1.07-1.64

0.009

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to read about health and illness

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

63.02

48.49-81.92

<.001

67.09

47.49-94.77

<.001

65.19

48.43-87.75

<.001

Infrequent

31.73

24.62-40.88

<.001

35.54

25.19-50.14

<.001

35.74

26.65-47.94

<.001

No

1

1

1


P-values are typed in italic when significant at the 5% level

Santana et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:20   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-20

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