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Table 4 Relationship between public familiarity and risk perception (agree versus disagree) unadjusted and adjusted for age and gender

From: Perceptions of risk from nanotechnologies and trust in stakeholders: a cross sectional study of public, academic, government and business attitudes

Application (Risk) Familiarity level Unadjusted Odds Ratio 99% LCI 99% UCI Adjusted Odds Ratio 99% LCI 99% UCI
Health ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.42 0.24 0.74 0.44 0.25 0.78
Moderate familiarity 0.28 0.16 0.50 0.30 0.17 0.55
Food ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.45 0.21 0.95 0.48 0.22 1.0
Moderate familiarity 0.32 0.15 0.66 0.36 0.16 0.79
Cosmetics/sunscreens ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.41 0.23 0.72 0.45 0.24 0.80
Moderate familiarity 0.35 0.20 0.61 0.40 0.22 0.73
Medicines ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.34 0.20 0.60 0.35 0.20 0.63
Moderate familiarity 0.26 0.15 0.45 0.27 0.14 0.48
Pesticides ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.49 0.29 0.83 0.52 0.31 0.92
Moderate familiarity 0.47 0.28 0.78 0.52 0.30 0.88
Tennis racquets/computers ‘Agree’ No familiarity 1 (Ref)    1 (Ref)   
Some familiarity 0.45 0.28 0.72 0.47 0.29 0.77
Moderate familiarity 0.32 0.20 0.53 0.35 0.20 0.60