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Table 2 Use of the Internet for health information seeking: multivariate logistic regression (Number of observations = 1931)

From: Health information seeking on the Internet: a double divide? Results from a representative survey in the Paris metropolitan area, France, 2005–2006

  % of Internet users aOR* 95% CI P**
Gender     < 0.0001
   Men 49.0 1 -  
   Women 51.0 1.64 1.29–2.07  
Age group (years)     < 0.001
   > 59 10.6 1 -  
   45–59 22.8 1.54 1.01–2.36  
   30–44 36.2 1.81 1.19–2.75  
   < 30 30.4 2.73 1.71–4.38  
Level of education     0.001
   None/Primary 1.4 1 -  
   Secondary 32.5 1.47 0.60–3.60  
   Postsecondary 66.1 2.39 0.97–5.85  
Monthly household income (€/CU)     0.020
   1st quartile 25.6 1 -  
   2nd quartile 24.5 1.62 1.17–2.24  
   3rd quartile 24.8 1.59 1.10–2.29  
   4th quartile 25.1 1.39 0.94–2.05  
Social integration     < 0.001
   Isolated 12.0 1 -  
   Helped 4.9 1.51 0.79–2.88  
   Integrated 83.1 2.31 1.54–3.47  
Lives in a couple relationship     0.020
   No 37.8 1 -  
   Yes 62.2 1.35 1.05–1.73  
Current health problem(s)     0.007
   No 34.9 1 -  
   Yes 65.1 1.44 1.11–1.87  
Relative with current health problem(s)     0.002
   No 48.3 1 -  
   Yes 51.7 1.44 1.14–1.82  
Perception of mental health     0.024
   Good 18.7 1 -  
   Poor 81.3 1.41 1.05–1.91  
Worries about health more than others     0.040
   No 75.9 1 -  
   Yes 24.1 1.32 1.01–1.71  
Difficulties understanding information from GP     0.049
   No 52.2 1 -  
   Yes 47.8 1.27 1.01–1.60  
Frequency of Internet use     < 0.0001
   Low 22.2 1 -  
   High 77.8 2.96 2.15–4.07  
Home connection     0.014
   No 21.4 1 -  
   Yes 78.6 1.47 1.08–1.99  
Years with access     < 0.001
   < 1 12.9 1 -  
   1–3 28.9 1.37 0.94–2.02  
   4–6 35.7 1.63 1.11–2.41  
   > 7 22.5 2.45 1.60–3.76  
  1. * Adjusted odds ratio
  2. ** Overall p_value based on the Type III Wald statistic