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Table 1 Characteristics of appointments (n = 82,898 appointments)

From: Rate and predictors for non-attendance of patients undergoing hospital outpatient treatment for chronic diseases: a register-based cohort study

Variable Total Appointments with attendance Appointments with non-attendance p-value 1
n % n % n %
Overall 82,898 100% 78,505 100% 4393 100%  
Age        < 0.001
 18–29 2329 3% 1925 2% 404 9%  
 30–39 4682 6% 4202 5% 480 11%  
 40–49 10,629 13% 9737 12% 892 20%  
 50–59 15,989 19% 15,072 19% 917 21%  
 60–69 25,364 31% 24,447 31% 917 21%  
 70–79 18,659 23% 18,055 23% 604 14%  
 80+ 5246 6% 5067 6% 179 4%  
Gender        < 0.001
 male 43,368 52% 40,830 52% 2538 58%  
 female 39,530 48% 37,675 48% 1855 42%  
Marital status        < 0.001
 Unmarried 35,678 43% 33,337 42% 2341 53%  
 Married 47,220 57% 45,168 58% 2052 47%  
Educational level        < 0.001
 Basic (primary school) 34,338 41% 32,413 41% 1925 44%  
 Vocational or upper secondary 33,276 40% 31,601 40% 1675 38%  
 Further or higher education 13,216 16% 12,563 16% 653 15%  
 Unknown 2068 2% 1928 2% 140 3%  
Occupational status        < 0.001
 Student 706 1% 599 1% 107 2%  
 Affiliated to labour marked 21,185 26% 19,697 25% 1488 34%  
 Short-term welfare payment 2028 2% 1844 2% 184 4%  
 Long-term welfare payment 2996 4% 2646 3% 350 8%  
 Disability pension 12,435 15% 11,649 15% 786 18%  
 Pension 42,742 52% 41,359 53% 1383 31%  
 Unknown 806 1% 711 1% 95 2%  
Specific chronic disease
 Type 1 diabetes mellitus        < 0.001
  yes 17,310 21% 16,093 20% 1217 28%  
  no 65,588 79% 62,412 80% 3176 72%  
 Type 2 diabetes mellitus        0.53
  yes 36,629 44% 34,762 44% 1867 42%  
  no 46,269 56% 43,743 56% 2526 58%  
Hearth failure        0.15
 yes 4129 5% 3928 5% 201 5%  
 no 78,769 95% 74,577 95% 4192 95%  
COPD        0.53
 yes 4854 6% 4582 6% 272 6%  
 no 78,044 94% 73,923 94% 4121 94%  
Asthma        0.13
 yes 5062 6% 4746 6% 316 7%  
 no 77,836 94% 73,759 94% 4077 93%  
Rheumatorid arthritis        < 0.001
 yes 11,621 14% 11,154 14% 467 11%  
 no 71,277 86% 67,351 86% 3926 89%  
Osteoporosis        < 0.001
 yes 6496 8% 6300 8% 196 4%  
 no 76,402 92% 72,205 92% 4197 96%  
Number of outpatient treatment courses        0.32
 1 79,719 96% 75,468 96% 4251 97%  
 2+ 3179 4% 3037 4% 142 3%  
  1. 1Univariate mixed effects logistic regression model for ‘appointments with attendance’ versus ‘appointment with non-attendance’ with a random effect taking appointments of the same paitent into account