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Table 4 Number of GPs who believed that EMFs can cause symptoms

From: Consultations in primary care for symptoms attributed to electromagnetic fields – a survey among general practitioners

all GPs % (95% C.I.) OR (95% C.I.) a p b
  61.4
(56.1 – 66.4)
  
Sex    
   Male 57.8
(51.9 – 63.5)
1
(reference)
 
   Female 76.1
(64.7 – 84.7)
1.76
(0.89 – 3.53)
0.095
Age group    
   <35 – 44 70.3
(58.2 – 80.1)
1
(reference)
 
   45 – 54 66.7
(58.1 – 74.3)
0.76
(0.38 – 1.53)
 
   55 – 64 55.1
(46.7 – 63.1)
0.65
(0.33 – 1.29)
 
   ≥ 65 25
(8.9 – 53.2)
0.22
(0.04 – 1.2)
0.25
Majority of patients comes from rural/urban area    
   Majority from rural area 63.7
(55 – 71.6)
1
(reference)
 
   Majority from urban or agglomeration area 54.7
(46.4 – 62.7)
0.57
(0.33 – 0.99)
 
   Equally urban or agglomeration/rural 70.5
(59.6 – 79.5)
0.85
(0.43 – 1.68)
0.12
Self-rated information level    
   Rather bad 58.1
(46.7 – 68.7)
1
(reference)
 
   Middle 66.5
(59.1 – 73.1)
1.22
(0.67 – 2.23)
 
   Rather good 56.7
(46.4 – 66.4)
0.76
(0.39 – 1.5)
0.27
Complementary-medicine certificate    
   None 54.6
(48.8 – 60.3)
1
(reference)
 
   At least onec 94.8
(85.9 – 98.2)
13.75
(4.09 – 46.2)
<0.0001
  1. Percentage of GPs who believe that EMF can cause symptoms, stratified by GP-characteristics. aOdds ratio of believing that EMF can cause symptoms compared to not believing or being unsure about it after multiple logistic regression (model variables: sex, age group, urban/rural patient collective, self rated information level and complementary-medicine certificate). bp-value after likelihood ratio test cAt least one of the following: traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, neural therapy, homeopathy or anthroposophical medicine.