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Table 3 Factors associated with looking for health information to help deal with a consultation among general population

From: Informed citizen and empowered citizen in health: results from an European survey

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  Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value
Male 1.02 0.88-1.19 0.767 0.89 0.77-1.02 0.103 0.93 0.8-1.08 0.328
Female 1    1    1   
Age    <.001    <.001    0.034
15-25 4.41 2.86-6.79 <.001 2.48 1.61-3.82 <.001 1.64 1.08-2.48 0.02
26-35 3.77 2.52-5.65 <.001 2.44 1.62-3.68 <.001 1.75 1.18-2.58 0.005
36-45 2.74 1.82-4.13 <.001 2.1 1.38-3.19 <.001 1.73 1.16-2.58 0.007
46-55 2.25 1.5-3.38 <.001 1.59 1.05-2.41 0.029 1.46 0.98-2.17 0.06
56-65 1.68 1.13-2.51 0.011 1.11 0.73-1.69 0.632 1.21 0.82-1.8 0.332
66-80 1    1    1   
Education    0.021    <.001    <.001
Higher education 1.38 1.09-1.75 0.007 2.07 1.64-2.61 <.001 2.04 1.62-2.56 <.001
A-Level 1.29 1.04-1.59 0.019 1.38 1.12-1.7 0.003 1.33 1.08-1.63 0.007
Below A-Level 1    1    1   
Kids at home (< 18) 1.04 0.88-1.23 0.638 0.99 0.84-1.16 0.897 1 0.85-1.17 0.995
No kids at home 1    1    1   
Place of living    0.086    0.002    0.020
City 1.32 1.02-1.72 0.034 1.64 1.26-2.14 <.001 1.5 1.16-1.94 0.002
Minor city or suburbs of a big city 1.41 1.08-1.85 0.011 1.51 1.15-1.97 0.003 1.35 1.04-1.76 0.022
Village 1.32 1.01-1.73 0.045 1.59 1.21-2.09 <.001 1.35 1.03-1.76 0.028
Rural/scattered house 1    1    1   
Work situation    0.43    0.361    0.643
Student 1.24 0.89-1.71 0.199 1.17 0.87-1.59 0.302 1.16 0.85-1.56 0.35
Working 1.09 0.88-1.35 0.425 0.96 0.78-1.19 0.735 1.04 0.84-1.28 0.711
Not at work 1    1    1   
Disable or with diagnosis 1.05 0.83-1.34 0.665 0.98 0.78-1.24 0.871 1.18 0.94-1.49 0.16
No 1    1    1   
Relative disable or with diagnosis 1.03 0.87-1.22 0.736 0.94 0.8-1.11 0.473 1 0.85-1.18 0.977
No 1    1    1   
Subjective health    0.718    0.661    0.829
Good 0.84 0.54-1.29 0.426 0.83 0.54-1.25 0.368 0.95 0.63-1.44 0.815
Fair 0.86 0.56-1.34 0.514 0.83 0.54-1.27 0.383 1.01 0.66-1.53 0.976
Bad 1    1    1   
One or more visits to GP in the previous year 1.13 0.92-1.39 0.244 1.3 1.06-1.6 0.012 1.55 1.26-1.89 <.001
No visits to GP in the previous year 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to interact with unknown HP    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 1.34 0.92-1.94 0.123 1.19 0.87-1.63 0.284 1.4 1-1.95 0.052
Infrequent 2.11 1.7-2.62 <.001 1.72 1.43-2.08 <.001 1.78 1.47-2.16 <.001
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to participate in forums or self help groups    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 1.87 1.26-2.77 0.002 1.65 1.21-2.24 0.002 1.72 1.23-2.39 0.001
Infrequent 1.69 1.33-2.13 <.001 1.92 1.56-2.36 <.001 1.66 1.34-2.05 <.001
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to order medicines or other products related to health    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 2.13 1.29-3.51 0.003 1.88 1.27-2.79 0.002 2 1.3-3.08 0.002
Infrequent 1.54 1.22-1.94 <.001 1.34 1.09-1.65 0.006 1.33 1.07-1.64 0.009
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to read about health and illness    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 63.02 48.49-81.92 <.001 67.09 47.49-94.77 <.001 65.19 48.43-87.75 <.001
Infrequent 31.73 24.62-40.88 <.001 35.54 25.19-50.14 <.001 35.74 26.65-47.94 <.001
No 1    1    1   
  1. P-values are typed in italic when significant at the 5% level