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Table 4 Determinants of physician’s choice of a specific goal

From: Drug prescription goals in primary care: a cross-sectional study

 Specific goals
(n = 2144)
Non-specific goals
(n = 2808)
Univariate analysisMultivariable analysisa
OR[IC 95%]OR[IC95%]
Characteristics of the health problem managed
 Psycho-social93(4.3%)323(11.5%)1.00 1,00 
 Somatic2051(95.7%)2485(88.5%)2.86[2.27; 3.57]3.23[2.56; 4.17]
Characteristics of the patient
Age (yrs)
  < 50554(25.8%)1285(45.8%)1.00 1.00 
  ≥ 501590(74.2%)1523(54.2%)2.42[2.14; 2.73]1.12[1.09; 1.15]
Gender
 Females1154(53.8%)1692(60.3%)1.00 1,00 
 Males990(46.2%)1116(39.7%)1.30[1.16; 1.45]1.23[1.09; 1.39]
Long-term condition
 No1183(55.2%)2077(74.0%)1.00 1,00 
 Yes961(44.8%)731(26.0%)2.31[2.05; 2.60]1.70[1.47; 1.97]
Low income
 Yes72(3.4%)144(5.0%)1.00 1.00 
 No2072(96.6%)2664(95.0%)1.56[1.17; 2.08]1.30[0.95; 1.79]
Patient known by the physician
 No60(2.8%)167(5.9%)1.00 1.00 
 Yes2084(97.2%)2641(94.1%)2.20[1.63; 2.97]1.63[1.19; 2.23]
Characteristics of the physician
Work environment
 Urban539(25.1%)789(28.1%)1.00 1.00 
 Rural or semi-rural1605(74.9%)2019(71.9%)1.16[1.02; 1.32]1.20[0.98; 1.47]
  1. aAdjusted to physician’s age and center