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Table 1 Bivariate associations of potential access explanatory factors with health-related travel time

From: Accessing doctors at times of need–measuring the distance tolerance of rural residents for health-related travel

  Sub-group n (%) Current travel (minutes – median) p-value Maximum travel threshold (minutes – median) p-value
Age <65 580 (54 %) 15 0.251 40 <0.001
> = 65 497 (46 %) 10 - 30 -
Gender Male 344 (32 %) 15 0.899 35 0.992
Female 733 (68 %) 15 - 35 -
Currently in paid work Yes 469 (44 %) 20 <0.001 40 <0.001
No 588 (56 % 10 - 30 -
Years at current residence <5 years 204 (19 %) 10 0.110 40 0.654
> = 5 years 867 (81 %) 15 - 35 -
Ratio of household cars to adults <1 248 (23 %) 10 <0.001 30 0.117
> = 1 831 (77 %) 15 - 35 -
Rely on others for transport support Yes 88 (8 %) 30 <0.001 50 0.001
No 987 (92 %) 15 - 35 -
Access ever a problem Yes 462 (43 %) 20 <0.001 45 <0.001
No 612 (57 %) 10 - 30 -
Delayed access – difficulty getting appointment Yes 356 (33 %) 20 <0.001 45 <0.001
No 717 (67 %) 10 - 30 -
Don’t have a ‘usual’ GP Yes 67 (6 %) 40 <0.001 45 0.001
No 1012 (94 %) 15 - 35 -
Last visit GP >3 months 223 (21 %) 15 0.055 35 0.014
<=3 months 855 (79 %) 15 - 40 -
Self rated health Poor-Fair 244 (23 %) 15 0.828 40 0.696
Very good 818 (77 %) 15 - 35 -