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Table 3 Prevalence of prescriptions* based on telephone consultation and prevalence ratio (PR) adjusted for patient gender and age group, type of contact (new episode or exacerbation of chronic disease), GP gender and age group, and GP-assessed severity of health problem

From: Drug prescription by telephone consultation in Danish out-of-hours primary care: a population-based study of frequency and associations with clinical severity and diagnosis

  Prescription frequency Adjusted PR  
  (%) (95% CI) P-value
All = 4,382*   
Patient gender   
 Female 21.5 1 (ref.)  
 Male 18.0 0.88 (0.78-1.00) 0.042
Patient age   
 0-4 years 15.2 0.68 (0.56-0.83) <0.001
 5-17 years 17.2 0.81 (0.66-0.99) 0.040
 18-40 years 22.6 1 (ref.)  
 41-60 years 23.4 1.10 (0.91-1.32) 0.302
 >60 years 18.7 0.89 (0.72-1.10) 0.267
GP gender   
 Female GP 17.9 1 (ref.)  
 Male GP 20.6 1.14 (0.86-1.49) 0.364
GP age   
 <41 years 19.2 1 (ref.)  
 41-50 years 18.2 1.00 (0.76-1.33) 0.990
 51-60 years 21.9 1.09 (0.86-1.38) 0.498
 >60 years 20.0 1.06 (0.69-1.61) 0.805
GP-assessed severity   
 Not severe/not ill 21.3 1 (ref.)  
 Severe/potentially severe 6.3 0.28 (0.16-0.47) <0.001
New episode or chronic disease   
 New episode 19.6 1 (ref.)  
 Exacerbation of chronic disease 18.5 0.92 (0.74-1.15) 0.449
Number of hours from office hours   
 1-4 hours 19.1 1 (ref.)  
 5-8 hours 11.9 0.56 (0.44-0.72) <0.001
 >8 hours 21.5 1.10 (0.93-1.31) 0.278
  1. *Prescription renewals excluded.