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Table 3 Family health status and attitudes1 towards minor ailments and health care services, by family group

From: Striking variations in consultation rates with general practice reveal family influence

  Lowering-effect families (n = 1247) Average families (n = 36641) Raising-effect families (n = 509)
% of families with illness episode(s) of minor ailments for which the GP was consulted 19.9* 67.2 96.0
% of families with illness episode(s) of chronic disease for which the GP was consulted 19.9* 56.0 82.2
  Lowering-effect families (n = 135) Average families (n = 4604) Raising-effect families (n = 574)
% respondents using self-care strategies for minor ailments 77.8* 81.8 86.1
Mean sum score Nijmegen Expectation Questionnaire2 45.7 * 43.5 42.5
% respondents reporting unsatisfactory marks for trust in health care 23.3 23.0 21.9
% respondents reporting unsatisfactory marks for trust in general practitioner care 11.7 15.3 19.9
  1. 1 information from the health care interviews
  2. 2 higher scores denote fewer beliefs about the benefits of general practitioner's care for minor health ailments
  3. * differences between families with higher and lower individual contact frequencies are significant at p < 0.05