Table 3

Impact of variables on decision to refer patients urgently

Variable

OR

Robust S.E.

P>|z|

95% C.I.


Respondent variables


Outer metro location

2.2

0.76

0.01

1.2 to 4.4

30–39

2.8

0.87

0.001

1.5 to 5.2

40–49

2.3

0.91

0.03

1.1 to 5.0

50–59

4.6

2.12

0.001

1.9 to 11.4

60+

15.4

9.84

<0.001

4.4 to 53.8


Vignette variables


Age in vignette (> 60 years)

2.9

0.4

<0.001

2.4 to 4.4

Duration of symptoms (6 weeks)

2.1

0.28

<0.001

1.6 to 2.7

Rectal bleeding

4.4

0.73

<0.001

3.2 to 6.1

Altered bowel habit

3.5

0.51

<0.001

2.8 to 4.8

Iron Deficiency anaemia

2.1

0.50

<0.001

2.5 to 4.5

Weight loss

4.1

0.61

<0.001

2.9 to 5.3

'Cancer vignette'

2.0

0.5

0.01

1.2 to 3.40


Jiwa et al. BMC Family Practice 2008 9:2   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-9-2

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