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Table 4 Analyses for socioeconomic patient characteristics and delay (men). Univariate and multivariate analyses for socioeconomic patient characteristics and the three delay stages in men, 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 52(9) 0.43(0.20 to 0.92) 25(5) 0.63(0.19 to 2.11) 78(8) 1.10(0.50 to 2.44) 39(3) 0.80(0.19 to 3.42) 68(13) 0.53(0.28 to 0.99) 37(8) 0.68(0.27 to 1.72)
  50–69 259(85) 1 109(37) 1 384(36) 1 167(21) 1 278(86) 1 134(43) 1
  70+ 292(61) 0.54(0.37 to 0.79) 97(20) 0.45(0.20 to 1.00) 421(54) 1.42(0.96 to 2.10) 132(43) 1.07(0.47 to 2.45) 263(104) 1.46(1.04 to 2.06) 103(39) 1.25(0.57 to 2.76)
Marital status Cohabiting 212(56) 1 185(49) 1 308(40) 1 270(37) 1 249(86) 1 220(72) 1
  Single 61(16) 0.99(0.50 to 1.95) 46(13) 1.18(0.46 to 3.06) 85(8) 0.70(0.32 to 1.51) 68(6) 0.45(0.17 to 1.18) 67(22) 0.93(0.50 to 1.71) 54(18) 0.96(0.44 to 2.10)
Having children Yes 244(63) 1 208(54) 1 354(41) 1 308(39) 1 284(99) 1 250(84) 1
  No 24(8) 1.44(0.58 to 3.55) 23(8) 1.58(0.50 to 5.02) 32(5) 1.41(0.53 to 3.77) 30(4) 1.50(0.43 to 5.21) 26(7) 0.69(0.28 to 1.71) 24(6) 0.64(0.19 to 2.14)
Education < 3 years 171(45) 1 143(37) 1 242(35) 1 208(32) 1 194(67) 1 168(55) 1
  ≥ 3 years 77(23) 1.19(0.66 to 2.15 74(22) 1.02(0.49 to 2.13 110(6) 0.34(0.14 to 0.81 106(6) 0.40(0.16 to 1.00 90(29) 0.90(0.51 to 1.58) 86(27) 1.02(0.54 to 1.93
  No 17(3) 0.60(0.17 to 2.10) 14(3) 0.81(0.21 to 3.14) 31(6) 1.42(0.56 to 3.57) 24(5) 1.31(0.48 to 3.57) 25(9) 1.07(0.44 to 2.56) 20(8) 1.30(0.47 to 3.56)
Occupation Working1 89(23) 1 82(21) 1 133(13) 1 125(11) 1 114(30) 1 108(27) 1
  Not working2 25(9) 1.61(0.66 to 3.92 21(9) 2.36(0.86 to 6.52 37(6) 1.79(0.62 to 5.17 31(6) 1.88(0.61 to 5.83 31(12) 1.77(0.73 to 4.28 27(12) 2.32(0.85 to 6.32
  Retirees3 158(39) 0.94(0.52 to 1.71) 128(32) 1.67(0.68 to 4.10) 222(29) 1.39(0.71 to 2.69) 182(26) 1.27(0.48 to 3.39) 170(64) 1.69(1.02 to 2.79) 139(51) 1.31(0.54 to 3.20)
Household income Low/middle 207(52) 1 179(44) 1 293(42) 1 258(38) 1 233(82) 1 206(72) 1
  High 54(18) 1.49(0.75 to 2.95) 52(18) 1.23(0.46 to 3.30) 82(5) 0.39(0.15 to 1.04) 80(5) 0.59(0.20 to 1.75) 69(19) 0.70(0.38 to 1.29) 68(18) 1.02(0.44 to 2.37)
Household fortune Small/medium 131(29) 1 116(25) 1 199(26) 1 183(26) 1 163(60) 1 151(53) 1
  Large 120(37) 1.57(0.88 to 2.80) 115(37) 1.83(0.89 to 3.78) 161(18) 0.84(0.44 to 1.60) 155(17) 0.86(0.41 to 1.80) 128(38) 0.72(0.44 to 1.20) 123(37) 0.77(0.42 to 1.41)
Smoking No 204(52) 1 168(45) 1 296(36) 1 250(32) 1 241(80) 1 205(65) 1
  Yes 70(20) 1.17(0.64 to 2.15) 63(17) 1.03(0.50 to 2.13) 98(12) 1.01(0.50 to 2.02) 88(11) 0.86(0.42 to 1.79) 76(28) 1.17(0.71 to 1.95) 69(25) 1.11(0.61 to 2.01)
Alcohol intake per week4 ≤21 237(58) 1 251(63) 1 345(42) 1 296(38) 1 275(92) 1 239(77) 1
  >21 31(13) 2.23(1.05 to 4.73) 17(3) 1.86(0.81 to 4.28) 43(5) 0.95(0.35 to 2.60) 42(5) 1.25(0.42 to 3.73) 36(13) 1.12(0.54 to 2.36) 35(13) 1.24(0.54 to 2.83)
  1. 1Working patients, students
  2. 2Unemployed patients, patients on disability retirement, patients on personal leave or sick leaves 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