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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for population under study (patients attached to a GP through centralized waiting list (n = 24, 958); patients waiting on centralized waiting lists (n = 49, 901), June 2013 to May 2015)

From: Area deprivation and attachment to a general practitioner through centralized waiting lists: a cross-sectional study in Quebec, Canada

Descriptive statistics   All CWL patients (waiting for attachment & attached) (%) Patients waiting for attachment (%) Patients attached to a GP (%) P (Chi-2 or t-test)
Material deprivationa Very advantaged 28.16 30.60 23.27 < 0.0001
Advantaged 21.96 23.16 19.56
Medium 17.37 17.05 18.01
Disadvantaged 18.46 17.55 20.28
Very disadvantaged 14.06 11.65 18.88
Social deprivationb Very advantaged 16.59 18.82 12.13 < 0.0001
Advantaged 13.12 14.03 11.30
Medium 15.28 16.08 13.67
Disadvantaged 22.76 21.57 25.12
Very disadvantaged 32.25 29.49 37.78
Sex (%) Female 53.58 54.07 52.60 0.0001
Mean age (s.d.)c   42.13 (22.11) 42.56 (19.03) 41.29 (27.24) < 0.0001
Local health network (%) A 18.01 23.03 8.23 < 0.0001
B 12.37 10.58 15.95
C 24.30 31.16 10.59
D 28.64 26.56 32.80
E 16.59 8.67 32.42
Medical vulnerability (%)d Vulnerable 31.38 23.95 46.23 < 0.0001
Non-vulnerable 68.62 76.05 53.77
Clinical priority (%)e 1 (most urgent) 1.95 0.37 4.62 < 0.0001
2 15.86 6.33 31.90
3 12.57 8.63 19.22
4 25.54 27.06 22.98
5 (least urgent) 44.08 57.61 21.29
Number of health conditions (%)f None 72.48 79.20 59.04 < 0.0001
1 condition 18.28 13.56 27.71
≥2 conditions 9.24 7.24 13.25
Health conditions (%) Mental healthg 6.23 5.39 7.89 < 0.0001
Major depression 1.91 1.47 2.80 < 0.0001
Addiction 0.81 0.75 0.91 0.02
Active cancer 3.90 2.29 7.11 < 0.0001
Intellectual disability 0.48 0.40 0.62 < 0.0001
Diabetes 5.35 3.52 9.02 < 0.0001
COPD 3.86 3.19 5.22 < 0.0001
Mean wait time (s.d.)c,h   458 (359) 284 (350) < 0.0001
  1. aArea-based material deprivation
  2. bArea-based social deprivation
  3. cs.d.: standard deviation
  4. dMedical vulnerability is determined by the presence of at least one of 19 medical vulnerability codes, as pre-determined by the RAMQ, or being older of 70 year old
  5. eClinical priority level as assigned by the CWLs’ nurses (ranging from Priority 1 – most urgent, to Priority 5 – least urgent)
  6. fNumber of medical vulnerability codes present
  7. gMental health problems excluding major depression
  8. hMean wait time in days: For patients waiting for attachment – number of days between CWL registration and May 31st, 2015; For patients attached to a GP – number of days between CWL registration and attachment. Not provided for all patients because measured differently for each group