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Table 3 Descriptive analysis of the health care ‘hassles’ by category and number of long-term conditions, n = 486

From: What are the core predictors of ‘hassles’ among patients with multimorbidity in primary care? A cross sectional study

Categories Health care ‘hassles’ items Number (%) of patients with “hassle” Overall (%) across all patients X 2 (a) p value
2–5 co-morbidities 6–8 co-morbidities 9+ co-morbidities
Hassle about information Lack of information about my medical condition 69 95 98 266 (54.8 %) 15.5 0.000
Lack of information about treatment options 76 106 103 290 (59.6 %) 13.5 0.000
Lack of information about why I have been referred to a specialist (hospital doctor) 30 46 42 117 (24 %) 3.5 0.009
Poor communication between different doctors or clinics 73 95 91 267 (55 %) 7.0 0.001
Disagreement between my doctors about my diagnosis or the best treatment for me 39 55 48 149 (30.7 %) 2.4 0.015
Lack of information about why I need lab test or x-rays 36 56 50 148 (30.6 %) 4.2 0.006
Having my concerns ignored or overlooked by my health care providers 44 56 66 173 (35.7 %) 9.6 0.000
‘Hassles’ about medications Lack of information about why my medication was prescribed to me 64 87 88 243 (50 %) 10.1 0.000
Problems getting my medication refilled on time 27 47 38 114 (23.4 %) 3.0 0.012
Uncertainty about when or how to take my medications 23 36 27 88 (18.1 %) 0.7 0.041
Side effect from my medications 66 91 76 233 (48 %) 2.6 0.012
‘Hassles’ about care Having to wait a long time to get an appointment for specialists (hospital doctors) 86 99 94 292 (60 %) 2.9 0.011
Having to wait too long to find out the results of the lab tests or x-rays 52 78 67 206 (42.3 %) 4.5 0.005
Difficulty getting questions answered or getting medical advice between scheduled appointments 58 73 83 223 (46.0 %) 11.5 0.000
Lack of time to discuss all my problems during scheduled appointment 51 76 73 208 (42.9 %) 9.3 0.000
Medical appointments that interfere with my work, family, or hobbies 31 44 35 115 (23.7 %) 0.6 0.039
  1. Chi square text X2 (a) = (linear by linear association)
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