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Table 2 Correlations between patients' variables and visits to GPs, orthopaedists and alternative practitioners

From: Health service utilization patterns of primary care patients with osteoarthritis

  GP* p Orthopaedic* p Alternative practitioner* p
Gender 0.122 0.000 0.023 0.048 0.001 0.982
Age 0.050 0.169 -0.139 0.000 -0.095 0.012
Marital status -0.073 0.030 0.065 0.049 0.035 0.314
Previous GP contacts 0.082 0.234 0.008 0.000 0.009 0.303
Educational level -0.054 0.112 0.055 0.009 -0.003 0.939
Previous visits to orthopaedists 0.008 0.234 0.214 0.000 -0.037 0.303
Disease duration 0.066 0.052 0.013 0.709 -0.034 0.331
Lower body 0.195 0.000 0.173 0.000 0.000 0.996
Upper body 0.165 0.000 0.026 0.439 0.033 0.345
Symptom 0.282 0.000 0.254 0.000 0.015 0.671
Affect 0.187 0.000 0.155 0.000 0.049 0.171
Social 0.026 0.447 0.001 0.983 0.082 0.018
Work 0.217 0.002 0.224 0.001 0.163 0.024
BMI -0.006 0.848 0.024 0.481 -0.073 0.037
PHQ-9 sum score 0.197 0.000 0.145 0.000 0.061 0.106
Number of comorbidities 0.046 0.171 -0.001 0.978 0.000 0.988
Prescribed drugs 0.256 0.003 0.736 0.019 0.081 0.010
  1. * Spearmen rho values; significant correlations in bold, bold variables were entered in the respective regression model