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Table 1 Characteristics of subjects by primary care doctor choice groups

From: Having a family doctor was associated with lower utilization of hospital-based health services

  Total* RFD ORD NRD
(n = 3148) (n = 1150) (n = 746) (n = 1157)
Age (mean ± s.d.) † 40.2 ± 18.1 38.5 ± 17.6 40.1 ± 18.0 41.3 ± 18.5
  <25 yrs (%) 23.0 21.9 23.8 24.1
 25-64 yrs (%) 68.0 72.8 67.4 63.9
 ≥65 yrs (%) 9.0 5.3 8.7 12.0
Male (%) 40.9 38.1 39.4 44.9
Married (%) 54.9 57.1 53.6 53.2
Education ≤ primary school (%) 17.4 13.4 17.1 20.7
Household income < HKD$20,000 (%) †‡ 53.1 42.0 52.0 64.1
Occupation (%)     
 Managerial/ Admin/ Professionals/ Employer 12.5 15.9 12.3 9.7
 White collar workers 16.5 19.5 17.5 13.0
 Blue collar/ Service sales worker 20.4 17.4 21.7 23.0
Chronic disease (%) 34.7 34.8 38.2 30.8
Long term medications (%) 22.8 23.7 25.1 19.5
General Health condition (%)     
 Excellent/Very good/Good 48.7 53.2 41.3 50.0
 Fair 44.9 42.3 49.2 44.3
 Poor 6.4 4.3 9.5 5.8
  1. Notes: RFD = Regular family doctor group; ORD = Other regular doctor group; NRD = No regular doctor group.
  2. *The sum of three groups did not add up to total, as 95 respondents were not sure if they had regular/ family doctors.
  3. †Significant difference between RFD and NRD by one way ANOVA test or chi-square test, as appropriate.
  4. ‡Median monthly domestic household income of Hong Kong population = HKD$17,250 (Census and Statistics Department, 2006).