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Table 4 Public perceptions of lack of safety in public hospitals – univariate analysis.

From: Consumer perceptions of safety in hospitals

Variable Feel unsafe (%) Total (N) RR 95% CI Sig.*
Age (yr)   2819    
18–39 22.6 1157 1.00   
40–59 29.2 988 1.29 1.09 – 1.52 0.002
60+ 23.2 674 1.02 0.85 – 1.23 0.797
Gender   2819    
Male 22.7 1381 1.00   
Female 27.3 1438 1.20 1.04 – 1.38 0.013
Residence   2820    
Country 18.2 844 1.00   
Metropolitan 28.0 1976 1.54 1.2 6 – 1.87 <0.001
Country of birth   2818    
Australia: Non-Indigenous 24.6 2067 1.00   
Australia: Indigenous 25.6 39 1.00 0.52 – 1.94 0.991
Europe: UK/Ireland 24.5 343 0.99 0.81 – 1.22 0.954
Europe: Other 28.5 179 1.15 0.88 – 1.50 0.294
Asia 24.6 57 1.03 0.53 – 1.99 0.935
Other 28.6 133 1.16 0.86 – 1.57 0.331
Annual household income   2509    
<$20,00 23.6 652 1.00   
$20,001–$80,000 24.5 1448 1.04 0.88 – 1.22 0.665
>$80,0001 30.8 409 1.30 1.04 – 1.62 0.019
Previous hospital-acquired adverse event †   1091    
No 21.6 923 1.00   
Yes 46.9 168 2.25 1.89 – 2.67 <0.001
Severity of that hospital-acquired adverse event †   1091    
No adverse event 21.6 923 1.00   
Not serious 29.2 15 1.06 0.49 – 2.23 0.898
A little serious 36.6 52 1.72 .1.36 – 2.36 0.001
Really serious 54.6 101 2.72 2.27 – 3.25 <0.001
  1. * Weighted log binomial generalized linear model †respondents aged 40 years and over