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Table 2 Demographic attributes, health status, expectations and reasons for seeking the physician

From: Patient satisfaction with primary care: an observational study comparing anthroposophic and conventional care

    CON AM P-values (X2-Test)
    # % CI a # % CI a  
Demographic attributes Patients Number 1363 43.8   583 51.2   P = 0.005
  Patient age Mean (Standard Deviation) 53.9 (17.21) 51.7 (16.75) P = 0.104
  Female Patients* Proportion 804 59.0   440 75.6   P < 0.001
  Language* German 821 60.6   506 87.2   P < 0.001
   French 382 28.2   46 7.9   
   Italian 89 6.6   9 1.6   
   Other 63 4.6   19 3.3   
  Education* Proportion higher education 330 24.7   223 38.6   P < 0.001
Self rated health status General health Excellent 63 4.7   19 3.3   P = 0.224
   Very good 269 20.2   102 17.8   
   Good 697 52.4   301 52.5   
   Fair 254 19.1   130 22.7   
   Poor 46 3.5   21 3.7   
  Chronic conditions* > 3 month 630 46.2 43.5–48.9 308 52.8 47.4–58.3 P = 0.015
  Severe conditions   240 19.8 17.7–21.9 122 22.3 18.0–26.6 P = 0.332
Expectations Healing* yes 668 49.0   349 59.9   P < 0.001
   no 695 51.0   234 40.1   
  Relief Yes 566 58.5   251 43.1   P = 0.438
   no 797 41.5   332 56.9   
Reasons for consultation* Pragmatic reasons   743 64.7   101 17.9   P < 0.001
  Quality of the physician   381 33.1   186 33.0   
  Preferred procedures   25 2.2   277 49.1   
  1. * = significant difference (p < 0.05) to CON-group in a multivariate logistic model
  2. a = 95% Confidence Interval