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Table 4 Association of demographic, socioeconomic and health related characteristics with choices for Chinese medicine consultation and OTC medications

From: Use of chinese and western over-the-counter medications in Hong Kong

  Used Chinese OTC medications only Adjusted Odds Ratio (95%CI) P values Choice between Chinese medicine practitioner consultations and Chinese OTCmedications Adjusted Odds Ratios (95%CI) P values
Gender     
   Female Reference   Reference  
   Male 1.70 (1.49, 1.93) < 0.001 0.94 (0.81, 1.10) NS
Age     
   15-29 Reference   Reference  
   30-39 0.98 (0.79, 1.23) NS 1.18 (0.89, 1.56) NS
   40-49 1.10 (0.87, 1.37) NS 1.57 (1.19, 2.08) 0.002
   50-59 1.18 (0.92, 1.49) NS 1.49 (1.11, 2.01) 0.009
   60-69 1.40 (1.06, 1.86) 0.020 2.08 (1.48, 2.92) < 0.001
   70 or above 1.75 (1.30, 2.35) < 0.001 1.98 (1.38, 2.84) < 0.001
Education level     
   Below Primary Reference   Reference  
   Primary 0.66 (0.52, 0.85) 0.001 0.94 (0.71, 1.26) NS
   Secondary 0.69 (0.53, 0.89) 0.004 0.85 (0.64, 1.15) NS
   Tertiary 0.49 (0.36, 0.66) < 0.001 0.72 (0.51, 1.03) NS
Marital status     
   Currently married Reference   Reference  
   Not currently married 1.09 (0.95, 1.26) NS 1.06 (0.90, 1.26) NS
Self reported health     
   Poor Reference   Reference  
   Good/fair 1.38 (1.06, 1.81) 0.020 0.96 (0.70, 1.33) NS
   Excellent/very good 1.28 (1.04, 1.58) 0.022 1.22 (0.96, 1.55) NS
Self reported chronic disease status     
   No Reference   Reference:  
   Yes 1.05 (0.90, 1.23) NS 1.28 (1.08, 1.53) 0.007
Drinking habit     
   No Reference   Reference  
   Yes 0.86 (0.72, 1.04) NS 1.06 (0.85, 1.31) NS
Current smoker     
   No Reference   Reference  
   Yes 1.20 (1.01, 1.42) 0.034 1.12 (0.92, 1.38) NS
Moderate exercise >= 2.5 hours/week     
   No Reference   Reference  
   Yes 0.82 (0.73, 0.93) 0.002 0.93 (0.80, 1.08) NS
Possession of western medicine insurance (%)     
   No Reference   Reference  
   Yes 0.87 (0.76, 1.01) NS 0.83 (0.69, 0.99) 0.038
Possession of Chinese medicine insurance (%)     
   No Reference   Reference  
   Yes 0.52 (0.42, 0.65) < 0.001 0.93 (0.73, 1.19) NS
Monthly personal income (for every increment of HK$ 1000, or US$ 128.2) 0.98 (0.98, 0.99) < 0.001 1.00 (0.99, 1.00) NS
  1. NS: Statistically non-significant (p > 0.05)