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Table 2 Differences in characteristics of participants between infrequent and frequent visitors

From: Analysis of factors influencing the frequency of primary care visits among diabetic patients in two provinces in China

Characteristics Total
(n = 1508)
Frequent visitor
n = 825
Infrequent visitor
n = 683
P value
Urban/rural, n (%)     0.001
 Urban 748 (49.6) 378 (45.8) 370 (54.2)  
 Rural 760 (50.4) 447 (54.2) 313 (45.8)  
Gender, n (%)     0.493
 Male 605 (40.1) 324 (39.3) 281 (41.1)  
 Female 903 (59.9) 501 (60.7) 402 (58.9)  
Age, n (%)
 Mean age, M (SD) 64.4 ± 10.6 64.3 ± 10.3 64.2 ± 10.9 0.873
 ≤ 55 yr 266 (17.6) 134 (16.2) 132 (19.3) 0.175
 56-65 yr 534 (35.4) 305 (37.0) 229 (33.5)  
 ≥ 66 yr 708 (46.9) 386 (46.8) 322 (47.1)  
Years since diagnosis of diabetes ≥10 yr., n (%) 436 (28.9) 236 (28.6) 200 (29.3) 0.776
Family history of coronary disease, n (%) 184 (12.2) 110 (13.3) 74 (10.8) 0.198
Medical history, n (%)
 Hyperlipidemia 556 (36.9) 309 (37.5) 247 (36.2) 0.592
 Hypertension 822 (54.5) 479 (58.1) 343 (50.2) 0.002
 Myocardial infarction 27 (1.8) 17 (2.1) 10 (1.5) 0.439
 Stenting 10 (0.7) 5 (0.6) 5 (0.7) 0.763
 CABG 10 (0.7) 4 (0.5) 6 (0.9) 0.363
 Stroke 108 (7.2) 64 (7.8) 42 (6.4)  
Educational level, n (%)     0.336
 Intermediate school or lower 1264 (83.8) 699 (84.7) 565 (82.7)  
 High school 179 (11.9) 96 (11.6) 83 (12.2)  
 ≥ College graduate 65 (4.4) 30 (3.7) 35 (5.1)  
Per capita household income (yuan), n (%)     0.011
 < 5000 434 (28.8) 223 (27) 211 (30.9)  
 5000~19,999 632 (41.9) 349 (42.3) 283 (41.4)  
 ≥ 20,000 394 (26.1) 238 (28.8) 156 (22.8)  
 Refused to answer 48 (3.2) 15 (1.8) 33 (4.8)  
Lack Health insurance in the past 12 months, n (%) 21 (1.4) 3 (0.36) 18 (2.6) < 0.001
Health care service
 Household visit 467 (31.0) 354 (42.9) 113 (16.5) < 0.001
 Telephone follow-up 739 (49.0) 472 (57.2) 267 (39.1) < 0.001