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Table 3 Logistic regression analysis of patients’ and doctors’ assessment of urgency level (dependent variable: ‘immediate’ versus ‘non-urgent’)

From: Is it a matter of urgency? A survey of assessments by walk-in patients and doctors of the urgency level of their encounters at a general emergency outpatient clinic in Oslo, Norway

  Assessment by patients Assessment by doctors
  Unadjusted Adjusted Unadjusted Adjusted
  OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI) OR (95 % CI)
Country/region of origin
Norway 1 1 1 1
Nordic countries 0.66 (0.45–0.96)* 0.99 (0.60–1.64) 0.64 (0.42–0.97)* 0.81 (0.50–1.32)
Western Europe/North America and Oceania 1.18 (0.62–2.25) 1.16 (0.55–2.42) 0.92 (0.47–1.81) 1.06 (0.53–2.12)
Eastern Europe 3.18 (1.76–5.74)** 3.04 (1.60–5.78)** 0.76 (0.49–1.16) 0.81 (0.51–1.30)
Asia with Turkey 3.68 (2.34–5.77)** 4.08 (2.43–6.84)** 1.04 (0.77–1.41) 1.01 (0.73–1.39)
Africa 4.25 (2.42–7.47)** 8.47 (3.87–18.5)** 0.49 (0.33–0.72)** 0.64 (0.43–0.96)*
Latin America 1.70 (0.64–4.55) 1.82 (0.59–5.55) 1.21 (0.53–2.80) 1.09 (0.45–2.61)
Gender
Female   1   1
Male   1.14 (0.87–1.49)   0.95 (0.76–1.19)
Age (years)
0–19   1   1
20–39   0.91 (0.67–1.24)   1.28 (0.97–1.68)
40–59   2.28 (1.42–3.66)**   2.05 (1.46–2.88)**
≥60   2.73 (1.50–4.97)**   2.46 (1.61–3.76)**
Self-reported RGP status
Registered   1   1
Not registered   0.68 (0.43–1.07)   0.86 (0.57–1.29)
Time of consultation
08:00 a.m. – 03:59 p.m.   1   1
04:00 p.m. – 10:59 p.m.   1.03 (0.79–1.35)   1.16 (0.92–1.46)
11:00 p.m. – 07:59 a.m.   2.91 (1.61–5.27)**   2.35 (1.61–3.43)**
  1. RGP regular general practitioner
  2. Norwegians used as the reference group. OR (odds ratio)
  3. *Significant result at the p < 0.05 level, ** p < 0.001
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