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Table 1 Sample profile and distribution of appropriate and inappropriate request according to explanatory variables

From: Attributes and circumstances that induce inappropriate health services demand: a study of the health sector in Brazil

Characteristic   Total (n = 19582) Appropriate (n = 8996) Inapropriate (n = 10586) P
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Gender      
χ2 = 1.76; 1df Female 12490 (63.8) 5693 (63.3) 6797 (64.2)  
  Male 7092 (36.2) 3303 (36.7) 3789 (35.8) 0.185
Age group (years)*      
χ2 = 129.56; 5df 0 – 15 5777 (29.5) 2358 (26.2) 3419 (32.3)  
  16 – 24 2181 (11.1) 999 (11.1) 1182 (11.2)  
  25 – 34 3836 (19.6) 1814 (20.2) 2022 (19.1)  
  35 – 44 2182 (11.1) 1003 (11.1) 1179 (11.1)  
  45 – 59 2581 (13.2) 1212 (13.5) 1369 (12.9)  
  60 plus 3025 (15.5) 1610 (17.9) 1415 (13.4) <0.001
Time of the call      
χ2 = 52.64; 3df 00:01-06:00 1026 (5.2) 463 (5.1) 563 (5.3)  
  06:01-12:00 6233 (31.8) 3065 (34.0) 3168 (29.9)  
  12:01-18:00 6276 (32.1) 2888 (32.1) 3388 (32.0)  
  18:01-00:00 6047 (30.9) 2580 (28.7) 3467 (32.8) <0.001
Initial intention (original plan)      
χ2 = 230.87; 2df Home care 2019 (10.3) 864 (9.6) 1155 (10.9)  
  Visit to a clinic 5870 (30.0) 3182 (35.4) 2688 (25.4)  
  Hospital visit 11693 (59.7) 4950 (55.0) 6743 (63.7) <0.001
Weekday      
χ2 = 5.12; 6df Monday 2113 (10.8) 999 (11.1) 1114 (10.56)  
  Tuesday 3572 (18.2) 1675 (18.6) 1897 (17.9)  
  Wednesday 3218 (16.4) 1486 (16.5) 1732 (16.4)  
  Thursday 2727 (13.9) 1244 (13.8) 1483 (14.0)  
  Friday 2878 (14.7) 1301 (14.5) 1577 (14.9)  
  Saturday 2808 (14.3) 1276 (14.2) 1532 (14.5)  
  Sunday 2266 (11.6) 1015 (11.3) 1251 (11.8) 0.528
  1. *Children and teenagers’ (0-15 years old) health service intended use is conducted by parents or guardians.