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Table 3 Proportions reporting barriers to care by substance use patterns

From: Perceived access and barriers to care among illicit drug users and hazardous drinkers: findings from the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain data harmonization initiative (STTR)

  All Substance use patterns
    no DU and no HDa DU only HD only DU and HD
Barriers to care: “Think of the last time you did not get the medical treatment recommended for you” n % n % n % n % n %
I was unable to pay for medical care (% agree) 3448 27.9 2388 25.7 263 27** 632 34.8** 126 32.5**
I did not have transportation to medical care (% agree) 3476 26.4 2386 23 287 34.5** 632 32.1** 134 42.5**
The clinic’s hours of operation were inconvenient for me (% agree) 3474 18.2 2386 16 287 22.3** 631 21.6** 134 27.6**
I did not have child care (% agree) 3444 10.2 2361 9.8 287 8.7 627 11.3 131 10.7
I was treated poorly at a clinic in the past (% agree) 3481 16 2390 13.7 287 17.8** 632 21.4** 134 24.6**
I do not trust doctors (% agree) 3468 12.9 2383 11.3 286 17.1** 628 14.6* 134 20.9**
Uninsured (%) 6342 16.5 3512 15.9 720 12.9 1254 17.1 622 20.4**
  1. Two-proportions z-test was performed between no DU or HD group and each of the substance use groups (DU only, HD only, DU and HD). * indicates p < 0.05 and ** indicates p < 0.01
  2. DU illicit drug use, HD hazardous drinking
  3. aThis group includes participants who consume alcohol but do not drink hazardously