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Table 4 Factors associated with the wait time (days) for attachment to a GP among subjects who have been attached to a GP through centralized waiting list (n = 24, 958; June 2013 to May 2015) (Multilevel linear regression)

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

Variables in the model Wait time for attachment to a GP
Coefficient Betah 95% CI P-value
Material deprivationa Very advantaged −34.20 −45.82; − 22.59 <.0001
  Advantaged −24.92 −36.74; −13.10 <.0001
  Medium −19.10 −30.67; − 7.54 0.0012
  Disadvantaged −13.59 −24.70; − 2.48 0.0166
  Very disadvantaged (ref.)b    
Social deprivationc Very advantaged −7.14 −19.98; 5.69 0.2750
  Advantaged −7.75 −20.82; 5.33 0.2455
  Medium −15.92 −27.29; −4.55 0.0061
  Disadvantaged −5.14 −13.91; 3.63 0.2505
  Very disadvantaged (ref.)b    
Sex Female −4.34 −11.14; 2.45 0.2098
Male (ref.)b    
Age   1.30 1.10; 1.50 <.0001
Local health network A 266.20 157.52; 374.89 0.0089
B 7.68 −85.38; 100.73 0.7566
C 182.57 88.95; 276.19 0.0139
D −41.65 − 121.13; 37.83 0.1528
E (ref.)b    
Medical vulnerabilityd Vulnerable −73.72 − 59.46; − 87.99 <.0001
Non-vulnerable (ref.)b    
Clinical prioritye 1 (most urgent) − 441.72 − 464.72; − 418.72 <.0001
2 −296.38 − 308.66; − 284.10 <.0001
3 − 246.75 −261.71; − 231.79 <.0001
4 − 107.92 −118.98; −96.85 <.0001
5 (least urgent) (ref.)b    
Number of health conditionsf   −12.3450 −19.77; − 4.92 0.0011
Health conditions Mental healthg 78.50 63.00; 94.01 <.0001
Major depression 21.01 −0.83; 42.84 0.06
Addiction 122.07 84.46; 159.69 <.0001
Active cancer 1.28 −14.79; 17.36 0.8754
Intellectual disability 70.85 26.88; 114.82 0.0019
Diabetes −5.47 −19.98; 9.05 0.4591
COPD 12.38 −4.94; 29.69 0.1604
Absence of condition (ref.)b    
  1. aArea-based material deprivation
  2. bRef.: reference category
  3. cArea-based social deprivation
  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. hBeta adjusted for all other variables presented in the table and nested by GPs’ unique identifier