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Table 2 Relation between mean number of primary care consultations for the child and population characteristics – bivariate negative regression analysis.

From: Parental use of the Internet to seek health information and primary care utilisation for their child: a cross-sectional study

Explanatory variables (n = 1029 unless otherwise indicated)    Mean SD P
Health information sources      
Medical dictionary No n = 826 5.8 4.2 0.38
  Yes n = 203 6.3 5.8  
Internet No n = 490 5.9 4.7 0.92
  Yes n = 539 5.9 4.5  
Press No n = 753 5.8 4.3 0.20
  Yes n = 276 6.3 5.2  
Medical books No n = 809 5.8 4.5 0.21
  Yes n = 220 6.3 4.9  
Television No n = 646 5.7 4.2 0.05
  Yes n = 383 6.2 5.1  
Relatives working in the medical sector No n = 528 5.6 4.2 0.004
  Yes n = 501 6.3 5.0  
Other relatives No n = 779 5.7 4.4 0.006
  Yes n = 250 6.6 5.0  
Characteristics of the child      
Age (n = 1028) 2–3 years old n = 221 7.3 5.6 0.0001
  4 years n = 319 6.0 3.8  
  5 years n = 317 5.6 5.0  
  6 years n = 171 4.7 3.1  
First in birth order (n = 1002) No n = 523 5.8 4.8 0.41
  Yes n = 479 6.1 4.4  
Child gender Boy n = 514 6.0 4.9 0.71
  Girl n = 515 5.9 4.2  
Medical conditions      
Preterm infant (n = 1025) No n = 933 5.9 4.5 0.21
  Yes n = 92 6.6 5.4  
Hospitalisation after birth (n = 1023) No n = 948 5.9 4.5 0.34
  Yes n = 75 6.6 5.7  
Asthma No n = 879 5.6 4.4 <0.0001
  Yes n = 150 7.9 5.1  
Wearing of glasses No n = 888 5.8 4.3 0.05
  Yes n = 141 6.7 6.2  
Auditory disorders No n = 967 5.8 4.6 0.006
  Yes n = 62 7.4 4.6  
Allergy No n = 825 5.6 4.6 <0.0001
  Yes n = 404 7.3 4.4  
Behavioural disorder No n = 987 5.9 4.6 0.88
  Yes n = 42 5.8 4.2  
At least one surgical intervention No n = 817 5.7 4.6 0.0004
  Yes n = 212 6.8 4.4  
Other medical conditions No n = 960 5.9 4.5 0.10
  Yes n = 69 6.7 5.0  
Long term medication use No n = 961 5.7 4.5 <0.0001
  Yes n = 68 8.9 5.2  
Frequency of administrating over the counter drugs without medical advice (n = 1025) Never n = 158 5.8 5.0 0.63
  Rarely n = 300 5.8 4.3  
  Often n = 494 6.1 4.7  
  Almost every time my child is ill n = 73 5.5 4.4  
Under homeopathic treatment (n = 1008) No n = 474 5.6 4.3 0.08
  Yes n = 534 6.2 4.8  
Advice from a pharmacist within the last 12 months (n = 1027) No n = 592 5.4 4.2 0.0003
  Yes n = 435 6.6 5.0  
Parental characteristics      
Single parent family (n = 1028) No n = 899 5.8 4.3 0.02
  Yes n = 129 6.7 6.0  
Occupation (n = 1019) Disadvantaged n = 142 6.8 6.3 0.04
  Moderately advantaged n = 542 5.9 4.6  
  Advantaged n = 335 5.6 3.6  
Education level (n = 1002) Elementary and secondary n = 268 6.6 6.2 0.20
  High school diploma n = 233 5.9 4.1  
  Lower tertiary n = 232 5.6 3.6  
  Higher tertiary n = 269 5.7 3.9  
Annual family income (n = 921) < 14 000 € n = 159 7.2 7.4 0.03
  14 000 to 19 999 € n = 195 5.8 3.9  
  20 000 to 29 999 € n = 279 5.5 3.5  
  30 000 to 39 999 € n = 167 5.9 3.9  
  ≥ 40 000 € n = 121 5.4 3.9  
Rural place of residence (n = 1025) No n = 815 5.9 4.7 0.88
  Yes n = 210 5.9 4.3  
    Rate Ratio   95% CI
Age of the respondent (n = 1020)    0.98   [0.97 – 0.99]
Parental stress level (n = 1005)    1.03   [1.01 – 1.06]