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Table 2 ICPC-2 coded main categories of reasons for consulting as indicated by young people before their consultation and most frequent subcategories (total frequency > 3), by gender, by age-group and by practice location (numbers are percentages)

From: Reasons for encounter in young people consulting a family doctor in the French speaking part of Switzerland: a cross sectional study

Reason for encounter (main ICPC categories) Males (N = 259) Females (N = 308) 15-19 years (N = 307) 20-24 years (N = 260) Visiting in urban practice (N = 353) Visiting in non-urban practice (N = 214) All participants (N = 267) Measures of associationa
A:general 43.0 41.8 43.0 41.9 44.8 38.9 42.5 no significant difference
Health maintenance/prevention A98 20.8 18.2 23.2 11.8 19.3 19.6 19.4  
Preventive -immunisation/Medication
−44 (A44)
6.9 7.5 6.6 8.6 7.9 6.1 7.2  
General symptom/complaint other A29 4.6 5.5 5.5 4.3 5.4 4.7 5.1  
Weakness/tiredness general A04 0.4 2.9 1.6 2.1 2.3 0.9 1.8  
Blood test −34(A34) 1.2 1.6 1.0 2.1 2.0 0.5 1.4  
Results exam/test/record -61(A61) 1.2 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.4  
Allergy/allergic reaction NOS A92 1.9 1.0 1.0 2.1 2.0 0.5 1.4  
Trauma/injury NOS A80 2.7 0.3 0.8 2.7 1.1 1.9 1.4  
General disease NOS A99 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.6 0.8 1.9 1.2  
R:respiratory 17.8 13.6 15.6 15.4 12.7 20.1 15.5 no significant difference
Upper respiratory infection acute R74 8.9 4.2 6.8 5.4 4.5 9.3 6.4  
Tonsilitis acute R76 3.3 2.3 2.6 3.2 2.5 3.3 2.8  
Cough R05 1.5 1.9 2.1 1.6 1.1 2.8 1.8  
Sneezing/nasal congestion R07 0.8 2.3 2.7 1.0 1.4 1.9 1.6  
L:musculoskeletal 14.3 10.1 12.4 11.5 9.6 15.9 12.0 no significant difference
Sprain/strain of ankle L77 3.1 1.3 2.6 1.1 2.0 2.3 2.1  
Back symptom/complaint L02 2.3 1.3 2.4 0.5 1.7 1.9 1.8  
Knee symptom/complaint L15 0.8 1.9 1.3 1.6 2.0 0.5 1.4  
Hand/finger symptom complaint L12 0.8 1.6 1.3 1.1 0.6 2.3 1.2  
Foot/toe symptom complaint L17 1.9 0.3 1.3 0.5 0.3 2.3 1.1  
Sprain/strain of joint NOS L79 0.8 1.3 1.0 1.1 0.8 1.4 1.1  
S:skin 8.1 6.8 7.8 6.9 4.5 12.2 7.4 significantly less frequent in urban compared to non-urban locationsb
Acne S96 3.5 1.0 3.2 0.0 1.4 3.3 2.1  
Skin symptom/complaint other S29 1.5 1.6 1.3 2.1 0.8 2.8 1.6  
Warts S03 0.8 1.0 1.3 0.0 0.6 1.4 0.9  
P:psychological 4.3 8.8 6.2 7.3 8.9 3.3 6.7 significantly more frequent in urban compared to non-urban locationsc
Feeling depressed P03 1.5 3.9 2.1 4.3 3.7 1.4 2.8  
Anorexia nervosa/bulimia P86 0.0 2.3 1.6 0.5 2.0 0.0 1.2  
Feeling anxious/nervous/tense P01 1.2 1.0 0.8 1.6 1.4 0.5 1.1  
Depressive disorder P76 0.4 1.0 0.5 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.7  
D:digestive 2.7 5.2 3.3 5.0 5.9 0.9 4.1 significantly more frequent in urban compared to non-urban locationsd
Abdominal pain/cramps general D01 0.0 1.9 0.8 1.1 1.4 0.0 1.1  
Digestive symptom/complaint other D29 1.5 0.6 0.8 1.6 1.4 0.5 1.1  
Heartburn D03 0.0 1.3 0.5 1.1 1.1 0.0 0.9  
B:blood 0.5 4.5 2.9 2.3 2.5 2.8 2.7 significantly more frequent in females compared to malese
Aneamia other/unspecified B82 0.0 1.9 1.3 0.5 1.4 0.5 1.1  
Iron deficiency anaemia B80 (or blood test for iron, B34) 0.0 1.3 0.8 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.7  
T: metabolism, endocrinology 1.9 1.9 1.6 2.3 2.3 1.4 1.9 no significant difference
Endocrine/met/sympt/complt other T29 1.2 0.6 0.3 2.1 1.1 0.5 0.9  
N:neurological 1.9 1.6 2.3 1.2 2.3 0.9 1.8 no significant difference
Headache N01 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.4 0.5 1.1  
Z: Social problems 1.5 0.3 1.3 0.0 1.1 0.5 0.9 no significant difference
Social problems NOS Z29 1.2 0.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 0.5 0.7  
  1. aLogistic regression adjusted for age-group, gender, urban location and clustering within practices
  2. bOR = 0.35; 95 % CI = 0.12-0.98; p = 0.047
  3. cOR = 2.7; 95 % CI = 1.3-5.5; p = 0.007
  4. dOR = 6.5; 95 % CI = 1.5-28.0; p = 0.013
  5. eOR = 13.4; 95 % CI = 1.6-114.1; p = 0.019