Table 2

Factors that affect health-related use of the Internet1

Total sample

Internet users

Total

count

%

Odds ratio (95% CI)

Total

Count

%

Odds ratio (95% CI)



Gender

M

3457

1630

47

1

2401

1630

68

1

F

4441

1866

42

***

0,80 (0,72–0,89)

2500

1866

75

*

1,17 (1,03–1,34)

Age group

15–29

2045

1284

63

1

1819

1284

71

1

30–44

2335

1284

55

***

0,59 (0,52–0,68)

1727

1284

74

*

1,25 (1,06–1,48)

45–59

1875

737

39

***

0,34 (0,29–0,39)

1055

737

70

0,99 (0,82–1,20)

60 +

1644

191

12

***

0,08 (0,07–0,10)

299

191

64

***

0,61 (0,47–0,80)

Completed education2

Below A-Level

2149

520

24

1

820

520

63

1

A-Level

4276

2076

49

***

2,18 (1,92–2,48)

2885

2076

72

***

1,42 (1,20–1,69)

Above A-Level

1473

900

61

***

3,98 (3,36–4,70)

1195

900

75

***

1,88 (1,52–2,32)

Work status

No paid work

4142

1495

36

1

2030

1495

73

1

Blue-collar position

1443

574

40

*

0,83 (0,72–0,96)

904

574

64

***

0,61 (0,51–0,74)

White-collar position

2311

1426

62

***

1,60 (1,40–1,83)

1966

1426

74

*

0,81 (0,68–0,95)

Visits to the GP last year

0

1188

498

42

1

760

498

66

1

1–5

4502

2110

47

***

1,33 (1,16–1,54)

3015

2110

70

*

1,24 (1,04–1,48)

More than 5

2041

823

40

***

1,58 (1,33–1,87)

1037

823

79

***

1,94 (1,55–2,41)

Assessment of own health status

Good

5263

2686

51

1

3770

2686

71

1

Fair

2173

705

32

***

0,70 (0,61–0,79)

988

705

71

0,94 (0,80–1,11)

Poor

448

102

23

***

0,53 (0,40–0,69)

139

102

71

0,83 (0,55–1,25)

Current long-term illness or disability

No

6477

2872

44

1

4134

2872

82

1

Yes

1421

624

44

***

1,60 (1,38–1,85)

766

624

***

1,73 (1,40–2,15)

Long-term illness or disability in the family

No

4160

1773

43

1

2413

1773

74

1

Yes

3738

1723

46

*

1,14 (1,02–1,27)

2487

1723

69

0,92 (0,80–1,06)

Total sample

7903

3496

44

4901

3496

71


A-level education is equivalent to completed secondary school

‡ Variables included in logistic regression: Gender, age, education, employment status, number of visits to GP, subjective assessment of health status, personal long-term illness or disability diagnosis, long-term illness or disability diagnosis in the family

*Significant at p < 0,05 **Significant at p < 0,005 ***Significant at p < 0,001

Andreassen et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:53   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-53

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