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Table 1 Patient characteristics according to divergence of the second look opinion

From: Predictive factors of diagnostic and therapeutic divergence in a nationwide cohort of patients seeking second medical opinion

Characteristics Convergent Divergent Missing n or % P-value French population (% of category in general population)
N=1050 N=502 N=384 N = 67,287,241
Male Sex 420 (40.1%) 178 (35.5%) 0.2% 0.08 32,397,179 (48.8%)
Specific or exceptional complexity 208 (21.1%) 193 (39.7%) 23.7% <0.0001  
Satisfaction with the service provided
 Quite satisfied 27 ( 3.8%) 15 (3.9%) 29.9% 0.67  
 Not at all satisfied 4 ( 0.6%) 2 (0.5%)  
 Satisfied 151 (21.1%) 69 (18.2%)  
 Very satisfied 532 (74.5%) 294 (77.4%)  
Expert recommendation by patient 675 (97.0%) 365 (97.1%) 31.7% 0.99  
Choice made by the patient 722 (68.8%) 359 (71.5%) - 0.27  
Median time required for opinion, days [IQR] 2.00 [0.47, 5.16] 2.28 [0.66, 5.20] 0.3% 0.09  
Region of residence
 Ile de France 295 (30.1%) 143 (30.4%) 8.5% 0.133 12,291,557 (18.3%)
 Auvergne Rhone Alpes Bourgogne Franche Comte 119 (12.1%) 54 (11.5%) 10,858,663 (16.1%)
 Bretagne Normandie Pays de la Loire Centre Val de Loire 123 (12.7%) 82 (17.4%) 13,056,103 (19.4%)
 Hauts de France Grand Est 208 (21.2%) 83 (17.7%) 11,523,797 (17.1%)
 Nouvelle Aquitaine 77 (7.8%) 30 (6.4%) 6,018,424 (8.9%)
 PACA, Occitanie 145 (14.8%) 74 (15.7%) 11,029,432 (16.4%)
 Corsicaa 5 (0.5%) 0 (0.0%)    345,867 (0.5%)
 Overseas territoriesa 9 (0.9%) 4 (0.9%)    2,163,398 (3.2%)
Age groups
 Teenagers<18 years 50 ( 4.8%) 21 (4.2%) - <0.0001 15,252,608 (22.7%)
 Adults aged 36 to 50 years 308 (29.3%) 136 (27.1%) 12,887,561 (19.2%)
 Adults aged 19 to 35 years 239 (22.8%) 181 (36.1%) 13,177,128 (19.6%)
 Adults aged 51 to 65 years 256 (24.4%) 97 (19.3%) 12,790,894 (19.1%)
 Older adults aged 66 to 80 years 183 (17.4%) 62 (12.4%) 9,206,549 (13.7%)
 Older adults aged 81 to 95 years 14 (1.3%) 5 (1.0%) 3,515,308 (5.2%)
Professional status
 Intermediate profession 248 (33.0%) 148 (38.4%) 30.6% 0.07 14,041,617 (20.9%)
 Self-employed, business owner or manager 230 (30.6%) 95 (24.7%) 7,373,204 (11.0%)
 Other 67 (8.9%) 39 (10.1%) 487,932 (0.7%)
 Currently unemployed (job seekers or students) 57 (7.6%) 39 (10.1%) 23,912,440 (35.5%)
 Manal worker 25 (3.3%) 11 (2.9%) 5,204,615 (7.7%)
 Retired 124 (16.5%) 53 (13.8%) 16,267,433 (24.2%)
  1. aRegion not included in multivariable analysis due to insufficient sample size