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Table 4 Strength of association between growing up in a rural location and practicing in a rural location for Australian specialists

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

Unrestricted specialists 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 16.2% - -
  1-5 years 15.9% 0.98 (0.60, 1.60) 1.02 (0.62-1.69)
  6-10 years 18.1% 1.15 (0.70, 1.87) 1.17 (0.72-1.92)
  11-18 years 30.1% 2.24 (1.75, 2.87) 2.27 (1.77-2.91)
Male (72.0%) Rural -22.1% 31.3% 2.09 (1.61, 2.71) 1.75 (1.34-2.27)
  Metro -77.9% 17.9%   
Female (28.0%) Rural -22.5% 18.0% 1.66 (1.01, 2.73) 0.57 (0.44-0.74)
  Metro -77.5% 11.7%   
Under 40 (15.2%) Rural -22.6% 17.1% 1.24 (0.64, 2.41) 0.85 (0.67-1.08)
  Metro -77.4% 14.2%   
40-49 (33.0%) Rural -18.9% 27.7% 2.01 (1.32, 3.05) 1.06 (0.89-1.26)
  Metro -81.1% 16.0%   
50-59 (30.4%) Rural -23.2% 33.1% 2.49 (1.68, 3.70) 1.12 (0.94-1.33)
  Metro -76.8% 16.6%   
60 and over (21.4%) Rural -26.1% 26.6% 1.72 (1.07, 2.77) 0.98 (0.81-1.20)
  Metro -73.9% 17.4%   
Provide rural visiting service (37.7%) Rural -21.8% 34.3% 2.58 (1.97, 3.38) N/A
  Metro -78.2% 16.8%