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Table 3 Functional status and distress among survivors who did and did not present self-reported symptoms at T2 to the GP

From: Are physical symptoms among survivors of a disaster presented to the general practitioner? A comparison between self-reports and GP data

  Presented self-reported symptom to GP (%) Did not present self-reported symptom to GP (%) Adjusted OR (95% CI)*
Fatigue N = 162 N = 406  
   Poor physical health† 42.3 25.3 1.9 (1.2–3.1)
   Poor mental health† 59.4 39.2 2.4 (1.5–3.7)
   Feelings of depression (high) 61.0 44.3 2.1 (1.4–3.2)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 56.4 40.2 2.0 (1.3–3.0)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 81.5 65.3 2.1 (1.3–3.4)
Pain in bones and muscles N = 273 N = 155  
   Poor physical health† 46.7 19.2 3.5 (2.0–6.4)
   Poor mental health† 44.1 37.6 1.3 (0.8–2.1)
   Feelings of depression (high) 54.2 47.6 1.3 (0.8–2.1)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 49.0 41.3 1.3 (0.8–2.1)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 75.5 64.5 1.6 (1.0–2.7)
Back pain N = 117 N = 285  
   Poor physical health† 41.1 27.7 1.9 (1.1–3.3)
   Poor mental health† 42.1 41.1 1.0 (0.6–1.7)
   Feelings of depression (high) 48.6 51.5 0.8 (0.5–1.3)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 44.4 42.5 0.8 (0.5–1.3)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 75.2 69.8 1.4 (0.8–2.3)
Stomachache N = 102 N = 297  
   Poor physical health† 43.6 28.5 1.6 (0.8–2.9)
   Poor mental health† 50.0 47.4 1.1 (0.6–1.9)
   Feelings of depression (high) 57.8 53.7 1.0 (0.6–1.6)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 61.1 46.2 1.6 (0.9–2.7)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 86.3 77.1 1.8 (0.9–3.6)
Headache N = 72 N = 303  
   Poor physical health† 36.4 29.1 0.9 (0.4–1.8)
   Poor mental health† 58.2 47.3 1.2 (0.6–2.3)
   Feelings of depression (high) 56.9 51.2 0.9 (0.5–1.7)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 52.9 51.9 0.8 (0.4–1.4)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 81.9 75.9 1.0 (0.5–2.0)
Shortness of breath N = 47 N = 229  
   Poor physical health† 48.4 41.1 0.8 (0.3–2.1)
   Poor mental health† 48.4 52.0 0.6 (0.2–1.5)
   Feelings of depression (high) 56.1 60.0 0.6 (0.3–1.5)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 54.8 54.2 0.8 (0.4–1.8)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 70.2 82.1 0.4 (0.2–0.9)
Dizziness N = 30 N = 197  
   Poor physical health† 52.9 44.3 1.1 (0.4–3.5)
   Poor mental health† 52.9 55.0 0.9 (0.3–2.8)
   Feelings of depression (high) 53.9 64.5 0.7 (0.3–1.7)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 67.9 60.4 1.5 (0.5–3.8)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 93.3 87.8 1.5 (0.3–7.6)
Pain in chest and region of heart N = 49 N = 165  
   Poor physical health† 37.5 39.5 0.6 (0.2–1.4)
   Poor mental health† 68.8 58.9 1.5 (0.6–3.8)
   Feelings of depression (high) 64.3 62.9 0.8 (0.3–1.7)
   Feelings of anxiety (high) 73.3 60.8 1.2 (0.5–2.7)
   Physical symptoms (high)‡ 87.8 82.4 1.3 (0.5–3.6)
  1. GP = general practitioner
  2. * Adjusted for possible confounders, sex, age, educational level and ethnicity
  3. † A low score on the physical and mental component score of the RAND-36.
  4. ‡ Six or more symptoms on the 13-item symptoms scale, which is one standard deviation above the reference mean.