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Table 3 Analyses for socioeconomic patient characteristics and delay (women). Univariate and multivariate analyses for socioeconomic patient characteristics and the three delay stages in women, accounting for patient clustering within general practitioners. N in each column is the number of answers with complete data with the number of patients with long delays provided in brackets. Results are presented as odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs).

From: Socioeconomic patient characteristics predict delay in cancer diagnosis: a Danish cohort study

Predictors Patient delay; OR(95%CI) Doctor delay; OR(95%CI) System delay; OR(95%CI)
   N Univariate N Multivariate N Univariate N Multivariate N Univariate N Multivariate
Age 18–49 102(23) 0.91(0.51 to 1.63) 62(17) 0.63(0.29 to 1.39 177(13) 1.31(0.65 to 2.64 113(9) 0.92(0.35 to 2.39 162(35) 1.05(0.66 to 1.67 105(20) 0.78(0.39 to 1.53
  50–69 265(64) 1 136(41) 1 403(23) 1 212(14) 1 351(73) 1 198(35) 1
  70+ 267(48) 0.69(0.44 to 1.08) 70(8) 0.72(0.25 to 2.09) 414(34) 1.48(0.87 to 2.50) 104(8) 1.85(0.42 to 8.21) 300(64) 1.03(0.70 to 1.53) 88(16) 1.26(0.50 to 3.15)
Marital status Cohabiting 197(53) 1 176(49) 1 322(20) 1 288(19) 1 301(48) 1 269(42) 1
  Single 114(24) 0.72(0.43 to 1.23) 92(17) 0.82(0.38 to 1.75) 180(15) 1.37(0.69 to 2.71) 141(12) 1.07(0.46 to 2.50) 156(35) 1.52(0.93 to 2.51) 122(29) 1.44(0.79 to 2.63)
Having Children Yes 273(65) 1 235(55) 1 442(30) 1 375(27) 1 401(70) 1 341(59) 1
  No 36(11) 1.41(0.68 to 2.94) 33(11) 1.77(0.80 to 3.92) 59(5) 1.27(0.48 to 3.40) 54(4) 0.77(0.25 to 2.36) 55(13) 1.46(0.70 to 3.06) 50(12) 1.20(0.55 to 2.60)
Education < 3 years 147(35) 1 134(33) 1 235(16) 1 209(15) 1 224(35) 1 199(28) 1
  ≥ 3 years 83(22) 1.15(0.62 to 2.15 79(2) 1.12(0.55 to 2.27 143(5) 0.50(0.18 to 1.40 133(5) 0.45(0.15 to 1.35 128(26) 1.38(0.78 to 2.43) 118(26) 1.76(0.94 to 3.28
  No 72(18) 1.07(0.54 to 2.09) 55(12) 1.42(0.60 to 3.36) 110(13) 1.83(0.85 to 3.94) 87(11) 1.83(0.79 to 4.24) 96(21) 1.51(0.82 to 2.79) 74(17) 1.50(0.74 to 3.03)
Occupation Working1 137(44) 1 129(42) 1 223(14) 1 210(14) 1 212(44) 1 199(40) 1
  Not working2 42(11) 0.75(0.34 to 1.67 32(10) 0.81(0.34 to 1.95 71(9) 2.17(0.89 to 5.29 54(8) 1.93(0.68 to 5.44 62(12) 0.92(0.47 to 1.79 46(8) 0.69(0.32 to 1.49
  Retirees3 130(23) 0.45(0.26 to 0.81) 107(14) 0.35(0.13 to 0.98) 206(12) 0.92(0.43 to 1.99) 165(9) 0.35(0.06 to 1.93) 181(27) 0.67(0.39 to 1.15) 146(23) 0.42(0.16 to 1.09)
Household income Low/middle 221(51) 1 201(44) 1 362(25) 1 327(24) 1 324(62) 1 294(59) 1
  High 68(22) 1.59(0.88 to 2.89) 67(22) 1.30(0.60 to 2.82) 104(7) 0.97(0.41 to 2.28) 102(7) 1.50(0.50 to 4.53) 99(13) 0.64(0.34 to 1.21) 97(12) 0.55(0.26 to 1.19)
Household fortune Small/medium 196(46) 1 185(42) 1 331(31) 1 313(30) 1 302(62) 1 287(60) 1
  Large 86(24) 1.26(0.73 to 2.18) 83(24) 1.36(0.72 to 2.56) 120(1) 0.08(0.01 to 0.61) 116(1) 0.07(0.01 to 0.45) 108(13) 0.53(0.27 to 1.02) 104(11) 0.46(0.21 to 0.99)
Smoking No 240(53) 1 209(45) 1 378(27) 1 329(24) 1 343(61) 1 298(53) 1
  Yes 70(25) 1.96(1.09 to 3.51) 59(21) 2.42(1.21 to 4.85) 120(8) 0.93(0.41 to 2.12) 100(7) 0.57(0.23 to 1.41) 111(22) 1.14(0.65 to 2.00) 93(18) 1.01(0.56 to 1.84)
Alcohol intake per week4 ≤ 14 287(73) 1 251(63) 1 464(31) 1 405(28) 1 424(75) 1 369(64) 1
  >14 17(3) 0.63(0.18 to 2.23) 17(3) 0.51(0.14 to 1.92) 26(3) 1.82(0.51 to 6.55) 24(3) 2.88(0.67 to 12.4) 23(7) 2.04(0.82 to 5.08) 22(7) 2.82(1.18 to 6.72)
  1. 1Employed patients, students
  2. 2Unemployed patients, patients on disability retirement, patients on personal leave or sick leave not caused by the cancer, housewives
  3. 3Early retired (age: 60–64) or retired (age: ≥ 65) employee
  4. 4According to recommendations from the Danish National Board of Health: maximum 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women