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Table 3 Predictors of checking skin for the presence of ticks to prevent Lyme disease

From: Study on public perceptions and protective behaviors regarding Lyme disease among the general public in the Netherlands: implications for prevention programs

Characteristics Checking skin (often/always)
  Univariate Multivariate
  Row% OR 95% CI p-Value OR 95% CI p-Value
Experienced tick bites in the past        
  no, never 27 1.00    1.00   
  yes, once/repeatedly/outside NL 48 2.48 1.48-4.14 0.001 2.19 1.27-3.78 0.005
Knowledge        
  1-3 statements correct 24 1.00    1.00   
  4-5 statements correct 47 2.89 1.82-4.59 <0.001 2.83 1.74-4.58 <0.001
Perceived susceptibility        
  not (at all) susceptible (1-3) 25 1.00      
  (very) susceptible (4-5) 44 2.34 1.48-3.70 <0.001 - - -
Likelihood being diagnosed with Lyme disease in next 12 month        
  not (at all) likely (1-2) 25 1.00      
  a bit/(very) likely (3-5) 39 1.92 1.23-3.01 0.004 - - -
Feelings of concern        
  not (at all) worried (1-2) 20 1.00    1.00   
  a bit/(very) worried (3-5) 43 3.04 1.89-4.90 <0.001 2.81 1.71-4.60 <0.001
  1. Gender, age, education, employment status, children in household, ethnicity, region of residence, frequency of visiting nature, perceived severity of Lyme disease (2 items) and perceived efficacy were not univariately associated with checking skin.