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Table 1 Comparison of socio-demographic characteristics and healthcare services use among adult patients in different healthcare settings

From: Comparison of primary care experiences among adults in general outpatient clinics and private general practice clinics in Hong Kong

  GOPC(%) GP(%) pvalue
  (n = 201) (n = 759)  
Sociodemographic characteristics  
Gender    0.04
   Male 84 (41.8%) 372 (49.0%)  
   Female 117 (58.2%) 387 (51.0%)  
Age    <0.001
   <60 109 (54.2%) 666 (87.7%)  
   ≥60 92 (45.8%) 93 (12.3%)  
Education    <0.001
   Secondary and below 175 (87.1%) 465 (61.6%)  
   Above secondary 26 (12.9%) 290 (38.4%)  
Income    0.001
   Low income 130 (76.5%) 297 (45.0%)  
   High income 40 (23.5%) 363 (55.0%)  
Insurance    <0.001
   Yes 38 (18.9%) 414 (54.8%)  
   No 163 (81.1%) 341 (45.2%)  
Access to health care  
How often do you go to your doctor's 0.01
   0 time 28 (13.9%) 125 (16.5%)  
   1-2 times 78 (38.8%) 324 (42.7%)  
   3-4 times 42 (20.9%) 193 (25.4%)  
   5-6 times 18 (9.0%) 57 (7.5%)  
   More than 7 times 35 (17.4%) 60 (7.9%)  
Have you ever visited specialist or used special services? <0.001
   Yes 140 (69.7%) 395 (52.0%)  
   No 61 (30.3%) 364 (48.0%)  
Adjusted special services frequency*  
Have you ever visited specialists or used special services? 0.198
   Yes 55.7% 52.0%  
   No 44.3% 48.0%  
Have you ever been diagnosed any chronic diseases by a western doctor? <0.001
   Yes 99 (49.3%) 146 (19.2%)  
   No 102 (50.7%) 613 (80.8%)  
Adjusted chronic disease frequency*  
Have you ever been diagnosed any chronic diseases by a western doctor? 0.005
   Yes 27.9% 19.0%  
   No 72.1% 81.0%  
  1. *Adjusted by age using private GP patients' age structure as reference