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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographic characteristics and frequency of doctor’s visits of the participants (n = 880)

From: Associated factors of doctor visits made by urban-dwelling older adults in Sri Lanka: an application of Anderson’s model of health service utilization

Covariates n % Frequency of doctor visits /year P
None
n %
1 to 5 times
n %
6 to 11 times
n %
12 or more
n %
Total 880 247 (28.1) 153 (17.4) 66 (7.5) 414 (47.0)  
Age (years)
 60–69 437 (49.7) 135 (30.9) 84 (19.2) 24 (5.5) 194 (44.4) .012
 70–79 387 (44.0) 88 (22.7) 62 (16.0) 40 (10.4) 197 (50.9)  
 80 and over 56 (6.3) 24 (42.9) 7 (12.5) 2 (3.5) 23 (41.1)  
Gender
 Male 220 (25.0) 65 (29.5) 55 (25.0) 26 (11.8) 74 (33.6) .000
 Female 660 (75.0) 182 (27.6) 98 (14.8) 40 (6.2) 340 (51.5)  
Marital status
 Married 544 (61.8) 156 (28.7) 93 (17.1) 38 (7.0) 257 (47.2) .852
 Unmarried/widow/Separated 336 (38.2) 91(27.1) 60 (17.9) 28 (8.3) 157 (46.7)  
Education
 Primary education 116 (13.2) 40 (34.5) 14 (12.1) 2 (1.7) 60 (51.7) .000
 Secondary education 675 (76.7) 189 (28.0) 112 (16.6) 53 (7.9) 321 (47.6)  
 Tertiary education 89 (10.1) 18 (20.2) 27 (30.3) 11 (12.4) 33 (37.1)  
Family income
 Low income 556 (63.2) 162 (29.1) 96 (17.3) 37 (6.7) 261 (46.9) .211
 Middle income 196 (22.3) 45 (23.0) 41 (20.9) 20 (10.2) 90 (45.9)  
 High income 128 (14.5) 40 (31.3) 16 (12.5) 9 (7.0) 63 (49.2)  
SRH
 Very good/good 286 (32.5) 114 (39.9) 38 (13.3) 16 (5.6) 118 (41.2) .001
 Fair 394 (44.8) 111 (28.2) 91 (23.1) 38 (9.6) 154 (39.1)  
 Poor 200 (22.7) 22 (11.0) 24 (12.0) 12 (6.0) 142 (71.0)  
Number of Medical conditions
 None 27 (3.1) 8 (29.6) 2 (7.4) 5 (18.5) 12 (44.5) .124
 1–2 330 (37.5) 89 (27.0) 62 (18.8) 17 (5.2) 162 (49.0)  
  ≤ − 3 523 (59.4) 150 (28.7) 89 (17.0) 44 (8.4) 240 (45.9)  
Physical activity
 Active 700 (79.5) 177 (25.3) 138 (19.7) 54 (7.7) 331 (47.3) .000
 Inactive 180 (20.5) 70 (38.9) 15 (8.3) 12 (6.7) 83 (46.1)  
  1. P from Pearson’s Chi square