Table 2

Relation between mean number of primary care consultations for the child and population characteristics – bivariate negative regression analysis.

Explanatory variables (n = 1029 unless otherwise indicated)

Mean

SD

P


Health information sources


Medical dictionary

No

n = 826

5.8

4.2

0.38

Yes

n = 203

6.3

5.8

Internet

No

n = 490

5.9

4.7

0.92

Yes

n = 539

5.9

4.5

Press

No

n = 753

5.8

4.3

0.20

Yes

n = 276

6.3

5.2

Medical books

No

n = 809

5.8

4.5

0.21

Yes

n = 220

6.3

4.9

Television

No

n = 646

5.7

4.2

0.05

Yes

n = 383

6.2

5.1

Relatives working in the medical sector

No

n = 528

5.6

4.2

0.004

Yes

n = 501

6.3

5.0

Other relatives

No

n = 779

5.7

4.4

0.006

Yes

n = 250

6.6

5.0


Characteristics of the child


Age (n = 1028)

2–3 years old

n = 221

7.3

5.6

0.0001

4 years

n = 319

6.0

3.8

5 years

n = 317

5.6

5.0

6 years

n = 171

4.7

3.1

First in birth order (n = 1002)

No

n = 523

5.8

4.8

0.41

Yes

n = 479

6.1

4.4

Child gender

Boy

n = 514

6.0

4.9

0.71

Girl

n = 515

5.9

4.2

Medical conditions

Preterm infant (n = 1025)

No

n = 933

5.9

4.5

0.21

Yes

n = 92

6.6

5.4

Hospitalisation after birth (n = 1023)

No

n = 948

5.9

4.5

0.34

Yes

n = 75

6.6

5.7

Asthma

No

n = 879

5.6

4.4

<0.0001

Yes

n = 150

7.9

5.1

Wearing of glasses

No

n = 888

5.8

4.3

0.05

Yes

n = 141

6.7

6.2

Auditory disorders

No

n = 967

5.8

4.6

0.006

Yes

n = 62

7.4

4.6

Allergy

No

n = 825

5.6

4.6

<0.0001

Yes

n = 404

7.3

4.4

Behavioural disorder

No

n = 987

5.9

4.6

0.88

Yes

n = 42

5.8

4.2

At least one surgical intervention

No

n = 817

5.7

4.6

0.0004

Yes

n = 212

6.8

4.4

Other medical conditions

No

n = 960

5.9

4.5

0.10

Yes

n = 69

6.7

5.0

Long term medication use

No

n = 961

5.7

4.5

<0.0001

Yes

n = 68

8.9

5.2

Frequency of administrating over the counter drugs without medical advice (n = 1025)

Never

n = 158

5.8

5.0

0.63

Rarely

n = 300

5.8

4.3

Often

n = 494

6.1

4.7

Almost every time my child is ill

n = 73

5.5

4.4

Under homeopathic treatment (n = 1008)

No

n = 474

5.6

4.3

0.08

Yes

n = 534

6.2

4.8

Advice from a pharmacist within the last 12 months (n = 1027)

No

n = 592

5.4

4.2

0.0003

Yes

n = 435

6.6

5.0


Parental characteristics


Single parent family (n = 1028)

No

n = 899

5.8

4.3

0.02

Yes

n = 129

6.7

6.0

Occupation (n = 1019)

Disadvantaged

n = 142

6.8

6.3

0.04

Moderately advantaged

n = 542

5.9

4.6

Advantaged

n = 335

5.6

3.6

Education level (n = 1002)

Elementary and secondary

n = 268

6.6

6.2

0.20

High school diploma

n = 233

5.9

4.1

Lower tertiary

n = 232

5.6

3.6

Higher tertiary

n = 269

5.7

3.9

Annual family income (n = 921)

< 14 000 €

n = 159

7.2

7.4

0.03

14 000 to 19 999 €

n = 195

5.8

3.9

20 000 to 29 999 €

n = 279

5.5

3.5

30 000 to 39 999 €

n = 167

5.9

3.9

≥ 40 000 €

n = 121

5.4

3.9

Rural place of residence (n = 1025)

No

n = 815

5.9

4.7

0.88

Yes

n = 210

5.9

4.3

Rate Ratio

95% CI

Age of the respondent (n = 1020)

0.98

[0.97 – 0.99]

Parental stress level (n = 1005)

1.03

[1.01 – 1.06]


Bouche and Migeot BMC Public Health 2008 8:300   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-300

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