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Table 3 Univariate association between independent variables and the advice of the cardiologist: follow-up in hospital care setting after PC+

From: Shifting hospital care to primary care: An evaluation of cardiology care in a primary care setting in the Netherlands

Independent variables Advice of the cardiologist: follow-up in hospital care setting after PC+A
OR 95% CI P-value
GenderB* 1.694 1.332–2.155 < .001
AgeC* 1.352 1.236–2.478 < .001
Referral indication
 Atypical chest pain* 0.683 0.533–0.876 .003
 Dyspnoea* 1.667 1.206–2.304 .002
 Heart palpitations * 0.581 0.386–0.875 .009
 Abnormal ECG* 1.477 0.952–2.291 .082
 Cardiac screening* 0.650 0.380–1.109 .114
 Reduced exercise capacity 0.795 0.429–1.474 .466
 Collapse 0.919 0.491–1.718 .791
 Stable Angina Pectoris* 5.000 2.885–8.666 < .001
 Suspected arrhythmia 0.765 0.312–1.874 .558
 Suspected heart failure* 1.860 0.882–3.920 .103
 Heart murmur 0.631 0.215–1.849 .401
 Suspected coronary sclerosis 2.017 0.728–5.588 .177
 Analyses of atrial fibrillation 2.236 0.627–7.967 .215
Reason for referral
 To exclude disease* 0.477 0.365–0.623 < .001
 Screening of unclear pathology* 2.368 1.633–3.435 < .001
 To confirm disease * 4.786 3.006–7.618 < .001
 To reassure the patient* 0.149 0.047–0.477 .001
 Checking the unknown* 2.400 1.135–5.075 .022
 Upon patient request 0.367 0.085–1.588 .180
 Upon specialist advice or request 0.666 0.077–5.715 .711
  1. Note: A The advice was coded as: 0 = Follow-up in primary care setting, 1 = Follow-up in hospital care setting setting; B Gender was coded as 0 = female and 1 = male; C Age was rescaled such that one unit is equal to ten years; * Selected variable for multivariable logistic regression analyses. Predictor with a p < .15