Table 3

Profile of patients by gender

Survey patient profile

Men

Women


1     Socio-demographic and economic profile


SE  Age (mean, median in years)

53/53

48/47


SE  Household income (% under LICO)

13

19


SE  Low education (% with less than high school degree) *

19

16


SE  Not speaking English or French at home (%)

1.7

1.9


SE  Aboriginal (%)*

0.8

1.6


SE  Uninsured (in Canada) (%)

1.6

2.3


SE  Not working outside the house (%)

37

26


SE  Recent immigrant (< 5 years) (%)

2.0

2.5


SE  Rurality index (mean)

13

13


SE  Distance from home to practice > 10 km (%)

26

25


Health status


H   At least one day with poor mental health in past 30 days (%)

34

49


H   At least one day with poor physical health in past 30 days (%)

56

62


H   At least one day limited by poor mental or physical health in past 30 days (%)*

40

43


H   Physical, mental or emotional problem lasting more than one year (%)

43

41


H   Self perceived health good-excellent (%)

82

82


H   Presence of at least one chronic disease/Number of chronic diseases (%)

74/1.9

73/1.8


    Relationship with the practice


    Provider is a Nurse Practitioner (%)

2.1

7.5


    Seeing their own provider at that visit (%)

91.5

92.1


    Attending the practice for more than 2 years (%)

83

83


    Number of visits to the office in previous year (mean, median)

5.8, 4

6.6,4


    Main reason for visit - Check up/Chronic problem/Recent problem

35/30/36

36/27/37


    Chart audit patient profile


    Uninsured in Ontario (%)*

0.7

1.6


    Age (mean, median in years)

49.5/48

46.0/45


    Number of visits to the office in previous year (mean, median)

4.3/3

5.0/4


1 In this column socio-demographic and economic factors used for adjustment in the vertical equity analyses are identified as SE, and health related factors used for adjustment in the horizontal equity analyses are identified as H.

LICO = Low Income Cut off, a measure of household deprivation used by Statistics Canada[52]

The following symbols reflect the significance level * p < 0.05, p < 0.01, = p < 0.001 compared by Pearson Chi Square or independent t-test.

Dahrouge et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:151   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-151

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