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Table 2 The most important events that triggered the realization of having been bitten by ticks

From: Experience of Lyme disease and preferences for precautions: a cross-sectional survey of UK patients

Events Rated as most important by suspecters (n = 64) Rated as most important by non-suspecters (n = 66) Total Differences between suspecters and non-suspecters (Chi-square tests)
Direct events 48 24 72  
When I saw a tick on my skin 26 (40.6%) 9 (13.6%) 35 χ 2 (1) = 12.03, p = .001
When I got a rash 22 (34.4%) 15 (22.7%) 37 χ 2 (1) = 2.17, ns.
When I got flu-like symptoms 0 0 0 N/A
Indirect events 16 42 58  
When I looked up information about it 2 (3.1%) 3 (4.5%) 5 χ 2 (1) = 0.18, ns.
When I talked to others about it 4 (6.3%) 0 4 χ 2 (1) = 4.26, p < .05
When I talked to my doctor 3 (4.6%) 31(46.9%) 34 χ 2 (1) = 30.08, p < .001
Other reason 7 (10.9%) 8 (12.1%) 15 χ 2 (1) = 0.05, ns.