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Table 3 Strength of association between growing up in a rural location and practising in a rural location for Australian GPs

From: Nature of association between rural background and practice location: A comparison of general practitioners and specialists

Unrestricted GPs Rural Background Rural Practice (%) Crude Odds Ratio (95% CI) Adjusted Odds Ratio (95% CI)
Childhood years resident in a rural area (0 years reference group) 0 years 28.2% - -
  1-5 years 32.1% 1.21 (0.89, 1.63) 1.20 (0.89-1.63)
  6-10 years 47.4% 2.30 (1.70, 3.10) 2.28 (1.69-3.08)
  11-18 years 47.7% 2.32 (1.91, 2.83) 2.35 (1.93-2.87)
Male (55.3%) Rural -24.1% 55.3% 2.52 (2.01, 3.17) 1.89 (1.60-2.23)
  Metro - 75.9% 32.9%   
Female (44.7%) Rural -21.8% 37.1% 1.94 (1.47, 2.55) 0.53 (0.45-0.62)
  Metro - 78.2% 23.3%   
Under 40 (14.0%) Rural -20.8% 51.6% 2.62 (1.63, 4.20) 1.22 (1.03-1.45)
  Metro - 79.2% 29.0%   
40-49 (30.3%) Rural -22.5% 49.8% 2.52 (1.84, 3.45) 1.09 (0.96-1.24)
  Metro - 77.5% 28.2%   
50-59 (37.6%) Rural -23.7% 47.3% 2.10 (1.59, 2.78) 1.03 (0.91-1.16)
  Metro - 76.3% 29.9%   
60 and over (18.1%) Rural -24.6% 42.1% 2.09 (1.39, 3.15) 0.73 (0.62-0.86)
  Metro - 75.4% 25.8%