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Table 1 Characteristics of immigrant groups within the study population compared with Norwegians

From: Use of emergency care services by immigrants—a survey of walk-in patients who attended the Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient Clinic

  Norwegians Immigrants
   First generation Second generation Totala
Number of patients (%)
OAEOC 2500 (100) 1004 (100) 360 (100) 1364 (100)
 DEGP (general emergency clinic) 1053 (42.2) 576 (57.4)** 192 (53.3)** 768 (56.3)*
 SOE (trauma clinic) 1447 (57.8) 428 (42.6)** 168 (46.7)** 596 (43.7)*
Gender (%)
 Female 1245 (50.1) 450 (45.3)* 133 (38.9)** 583 (43.7)**
 Male 1241 (49.9) 543 (54.7)* 209 (61.1)** 752 (56.3)**
Age in years, mean (SD) 29.6 ± 20.9 32.6 ± 14.4** 9.7 ± 10.2** 26.6 ± 16.7**
Paediatric/adolescent proportion, 0–19 years (%) 812 (33.0) 104 (10.8)** 292 (85.6)** 396 (30.4)
Work status (%) b
 Employed 1485 (61.3) 600 (63.3) 149 (46.1)** 749 (58.9)
 Social welfare benefits 222 (9.2) 140 (14.8)** 27 (8.4) 167 (13.1)**
 Otherc 716 (29.6) 208 (21.9)** 147 (45.5)** 355 (27.9)
Self-reported use of OAEOC during the preceding 12 months (%)
 No visits 1355 (55.0) 465 (47.8)** 118 (34.5)** 583 (44.4)**
 1–2 visits 828 (33.6) 366 (37.7)** 141 (41.2)** 507 (38.6)**
 ≥ 3 visits 279 (11.3) 141 (14.5)* 83 (24.3)** 224 (17.0)**
 Mean number of visits 0.8 ± 1.2 1.1 ± 1.3** 1.5 ± 1.4** 1.2 ± 1.3**
Self-reported use of RGP during the preceding 12 months (%)d
 No visits 522 (22.7) 146 (21.6) 61 (18.9) 207 (20.7)
 1–2 visits 997 (43.4) 222 (32.9)** 145 (44.9) 367 (36.8)**
 ≥ 3 visits 777 (33.8) 307 (45.5)** 117 (36.2) 424 (42.5)**
 Mean number of visits 1.9 ± 1.4 2.2 ± 1.5** 2.0 ± 1.4 2.1 ± 1.5**
Self-reported RGP registration status (%)
 Yes 2326 (95.6) 689 (71.0)** 336 (95.7) 1025 (75.1)**
 No 69 (2.8) 250 (25.7)** 8 (2.3) 258 (19.5)**
 Do not know 37 (1.5) 32 (3.3)** 7 (2.0) 39 (3.0)*
  1. OAEOC (Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient Clinic), Missing data: Gender (n = 43), Work status (n = 170), OAEOC visits (n = 88), RGP visits (n = 57), RGP status (n = 110)
  2. *Indicates a significant difference compared with Norwegians (p < 0.05), **p < 0.001
  3. a Total immigrants (first generation) and Norwegian-born with immigrant parents (second generation)
  4. b Work status of the relatives accompanying patients < 16 years
  5. c Other: pensioner, student or homemaker
  6. d Includes only patients who report having an RGP (n = 3351)