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Table 4 Factors associated with looking for health information to help deal with a consultation in the subgroup of Internet users for health or illness matters

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

  Find health information to help decide whether to consult a health professional Find health information prior to an appointment Find information after an appointment with health professionals
  Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value Oddsratio CI (95%) P-value
Male 0.99 0.85-1.15 0.863 0.87 0.75-1.0 0.058 0.9 0.78-1.04 0.146
Female 1    1    1   
Age    <.001    <.001    0.173
15-25 3.67 2.33-5.78 <.001 2.14 1.37-3.34 <.001 1.31 0.84-2.02 0.234
26-35 3.29 2.15-5.03 <.001 2.16 1.41-3.29 <.001 1.43 0.94-2.17 0.095
36-45 2.41 1.57-3.72 <.001 1.86 1.2-2.87 0.005 1.42 0.93-2.18 0.106
46-55 2 1.3-3.07 0.001 1.42 0.92-2.18 0.112 1.21 0.79-1.85 0.379
56-65 1.49 0.97-2.28 0.066 0.99 0.64-1.53 0.966 1.01 0.66-1.55 0.949
66-80 1    1    1   
Education    0.354    <.001    <.001
Higher education 1.19 0.93-1.52 0.157 1.92 1.52-2.44 <.001 1.82 1.44-2.3 <.001
A-Level 1.15 0.92-1.43 0.219 1.31 1.06-1.62 0.012 1.23 0.99-1.51 0.056
Below A-Level 1    1    1   
Kids at home (< 18) 1.02 0.86-1.2 0.847 0.98 0.84-1.15 0.81 0.98 0.84-1.15 0.85
No kids at home 1    1      
Place of living    0.077    0.001    0.010
City 1.36 1.05-1.77 0.02 1.67 1.28-2.17 <.001 1.54 1.2-1.99 <.001
Minor city or suburbs of a big city 1.42 1.08-1.85 0.011 1.51 1.16-1.97 0.002 1.36 1.05-1.77 0.019
Village 1.33 1.01-1.74 0.042 1.59 1.21-2.09 <.001 1.36 1.04-1.77 0.025
Rural/scattered house 1    1    1   
Work situation    0.896    0.438    0.876
Student 1.08 0.78-1.5 0.643 1.11 0.82-1.5 0.508 1.07 0.79-1.45 0.66
Working 1.02 0.82-1.27 0.865 0.94 0.75-1.16 0.54 1 0.81-1.24 0.994
Not at work 1    1    1   
Disable or with diagnosis 1.03 0.81-1.31 0.819 0.97 0.77-1.22 0.777 1.16 0.92-1.47 0.215
No 1    1    1   
Relative disable or with diagnosis 1.05 0.88-1.25 0.605 0.95 0.81-1.12 0.534 1.01 0.86-1.19 0.874
No 1    1    1   
Subjective health    0.535    0.614    0.592
Good 0.81 0.51-1.28 0.359 0.81 0.53-1.24 0.325 0.92 0.6-1.41  
Fair 0.87 0.55-1.39 0.559 0.83 0.54-1.27 0.387 1.01 0.65-1.56 0.965
Bad 1    1    1   
One or more visits to GP in the previous year 1.16 0.94-1.42 0.156 1.32 1.08-1.62 0.008 1.57 1.28-1.92 <.001
No visits to GP in the previous year 1    1      
Use of the Internet to interact with unknown HP    <.001    <.001 1   <.001
Established 1.22 0.85-1.75 0.277 1.14 0.83-1.55 0.414 1.31 0.94-1.82 0.11
Infrequent 1.84 1.5-2.26 <.001 1.63 1.36-1.96 <.001 1.64 1.36-1.99 <.001
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to participate in forums or self help groups    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 1.82 1.24-2.67 0.002 1.64 1.21-2.23 0.002 1.7 1.23-2.35 0.001
Infrequent 1.61 1.28-2.02 <.001 1.87 1.53-2.29 <.001 1.61 1.31-1.98 <.001
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to order medicines or other products related to health    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 1.98 1.23-3.19 0.005 1.84 1.25-2.71 0.002 1.92 1.26-2.91 0.002
Infrequent 1.45 1.16-1.81 0.001 1.31 1.07-1.61 0.009 1.28 1.04-1.58 0.018
No 1    1    1   
Use of the Internet to read about health and illness    <.001    <.001    <.001
Established 5.53 4.11-7.42 <.001 6.78 4.72-9.75 <.001 5.65 4.11-7.76 <.001
Infrequent 2.81 2.11-3.74 <.001 3.61 2.52-5.18 <.001 3.12 2.28-4.26 <.001
No 1    1    1   
  1. P-values are typed in italic when significant at the 5% level