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Table 3 Relation between number of primary care consultations for the child and population characteristics – multivariate analysis.

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

Explanatory variables   Adjusted Rate Ratio* 95% CI
Health information sources
Internet No 1  
  Yes 0.97 [0.86–1.09]
Relatives working in the medical sector No 1  
  Yes 1.08 [1.01–1.16]
Other relatives No 1  
  Yes 1.12 [1.01–1.25]
Characteristics of the child    
Age 2–3 years old 1  
  4 years 0.84 [0.73–0.96]
  5 years 0.77 [0.65–0.90]
  6 years 0.67 [0.56–0.80]
Medical conditions    
Asthma No 1  
  Yes 1.28 [1.13–1.46]
Wearing of glasses No 1  
  Yes 1.19 [1.03–1.45]
Auditory disorders No 1  
  Yes 1.23 [1.03–1.46]
At least one surgical intervention No 1  
  Yes 1.12 [1.02–1.22]
Long term medication use No 1  
  Yes 1.26 [1.06–1.49]
Under homeopathic treatment No 1  
  Yes 1.13 [1.03–1.23]
Advice from a pharmacist within the last 12 months No 1  
  Yes 1.14 [1.05–1.24]
Parental characteristics    
Occupation Disadvantaged 1  
  Moderately advantaged 0.85 [0.75–0.96]
  Advantaged 0.87 [0.75–1.02]
Annual family income < 14 000 € 1  
  14 000 to 19 999 € 0.86 [0.73–1.01]
  20 000 to 29 999 € 0.80 [0.68–0.94]
  30 000 to 39 999 € 0.87 [0.76–0.99]
  ≥ 40 000 € 0.80 [0.64–0.99]
Parental stress level   1.03 [1.01–1.05]
  1. * Adjusted on other health information sources (dictionary, press, books and television), characteristics of the child (birth order, gender, medical conditions – preterm infant, hospitalisation after birth, allergy, behavioral disorder – frequency of administrating over the counter drugs without medical advice) and parental characteristics (age, single parent, education level and place of residence).