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Table 3 Multilevel logistic regression model: adjusted effect of patient and general practitioners’ (GPs) characteristics on general practitioners’ decisions to deprescribe at least one medication in any of the case vignettes (N = 1,706)

From: General practitioners’ deprescribing decisions in older adults with polypharmacy: a case vignette study in 31 countries

  Overall
Odds ratio 95% confidence interval P-value
Patient’s history of cardiovascular disease (CVD)   
 History of CVD ref.
 No history of CVD 3.04 2.58 to 3.57 < 0.001
Patient’s level of dependency in activities of daily living  
 Low ref. - -
 Medium 1.29 1.09 to 1.55 0.004
 High 1.50 1.25 to 1.80 < 0.001
Age (GP), 10-year increase 1.14 1.06 to 1.23 < 0.001
Female sex (GP) 0.89 0.75 to 1.05 0.167
Number of consultations per day
  < 15 ref.
 15–25 1.04 0.77 to 1.40 0.79
 26–35 1.2 0.88 to 1.65 0.25
  > 35 0.94 0.68 to 1.30 0.698
Frequency of seeing patients with polypharmacy
 Never ref.
 Rarely 0.64 0.18 to 2.28 0.497
 Occasionally 0.80 0.25 to 2.53 0.699
 Frequently 1.27 0.39 to 3.87 0.728
 Very frequently 1.42 0.45 to 4.49 0.554
  1. The multilevel model accounts for clustering of the GPs at country level