Table 3

Relationships between socio-demographic characteristics and reported professional and non-professional contacts for mental health problems (N = 2101)
Socio-demographic characteristic Sub-group n Professional service utilisation Non-professional service utilisation
n (%) OR (99% CI) n (%) OR (99% CI)
Age (years):
  18-34 150 25 (17) 21 (14)
  35-44 275 72 (26) 1.93 (0.95, 3.93) 56 (20) 1.73 (0.81, 3.73)
  45-54 445 87 (20) 1.32 (0.66, 2.64) 68 (15) 1.21 (0.57, 2.57)
  55-64 597 100 (17) 1.19 (0.59, 2.37) 66 (11) 0.92 (0.43, 1.98)
  65+ 634 79 (12) 0.83 (0.40, 1.72) 30 (4.7) 0.34 (0.14, 0.83)*
Gender:
  Male 838 138 (16) 68 (8.1)
  Female 1263 225 (18) 1.11 (0.80, 1.53) 173 (14) 1.79 (1.19, 2.69)**
Education:
  Partial schooling 595 82 (14) 47 (7.9)
  Completed high school or above 1388 253 (18) 1.35 (0.92, 1.98) 180 (13) 1.47 (0.91, 2.36)
  Unknown 118 28 (24) 2.01 (1.04, 3.87)* 14 (12) 1.74 (0.73, 4.15)
Marital status:
  Married/de facto 1570 233 (15) 152 (9.7)
  Divorced/separated 212 64 (30) 2.12 (1.36, 3.31)** 46 (22) 2.29 (1.38, 3.83)**
  Widowed 168 25 (15) 1.18 (0.62, 2.26) 15 (8.9) 1.64 (0.72, 3.77)
  Never married 151 41 (27) 1.98 (1.13, 3.44)* 28 (19) 1.82 (0.96, 3.46)
ASGC category (Remoteness):
  Inner regional 764 139 (18) 103 (13)
  Outer regional 787 129 (16) 0.85 (0.59, 1.21) 89 (11) 0.79 (0.52, 1.19)
  Remote 396 67 (17) 0.90 (0.58, 1.40) 32 (8.1) 0.53 (0.30, 0.94)*
  Very remote 154 28 (18) 0.90 (0.49, 1.66) 17 (11) 0.67 (0.32, 1.41)
Financial position:
  Prosperous/comfortable 336 40 (12) 26 (7.7)
  Reasonable 1069 152 (14) 1.20 (0.73, 1.97) 107 (10) 1.25 (0.68, 2.28)
  Just getting along to very poor 696 171 (25) 2.23 (1.34, 3.70)** 108 (16) 1.99 (1.07, 3.69)*

Note: Based on a series of hierarchical logistic regressions, in which socio-demographic characteristics were entered simultaneously at step 1 (Table 3), followed by each of the current health status variables separately at step 2 (Table 4): * p < 0.01; ** p < 0.001. Only participants with the full set of socio-demographic characteristics were included. OR: Odds Ratio; CI: Confidence Interval.

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Perkins et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:157   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-157

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