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Table 5 Service and health professional types accessed over 18 months

From: Health care equity and access for marginalised young people: a longitudinal qualitative study exploring health system navigation in Australia

Professional/service typea Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4
Number of interviews in waveb n = 41(%) n = 34 (%) n = 31(%) n = 30(%)
General Practitionerc 41(100.0) 23(67.6) 24(77.4) 20(66.7)
Pharmacy 19(46.3) 7(20.6) 11(35.5) 10(33.3)
Counsellor 13(31.7) 5(14.7) 9(29.0) 11(36.7)
Dentist 14(34.1) 4(11.8) 8(25.8) 8(26.7)
Specialist 13(31.7) 0(0.0) 12(38.7) 6(20.0)
Hospital 14(34.1) 5(14.7) 1(3.2) 3(10.0)
Emergency Department 10(24.4) 5(14.7) 3(9.7) 4(13.3)
Pathology/medical imaging 3(7.3) 4(11.8) 2(6.5) 8(26.7)
Non-Government Organisation support 3(7.3) 3(8.8) 6(19.4) 5(16.7)
headspace 9(22.0) 1(2.9) 2(6.5) 3(10.0)
Nurse 4(9.8) 2(5.9) 4(12.9) 4(13.3)
Psychiatry 5(12.2) 2(5.9) 2(6.5) 4(13.3)
Online support 9(22.0) 2(5.9) 1(3.2) 1(3.3)
Optometrist 5(12.2) 4(11.8) 1(3.2) 3(10.0)
Sexual Health Service 5(12.2) 1(2.9) 3(9.7) 2(6.7)
Physiotherapist 5(12.2) 0(0.0) 0(0.0) 3(10.0)
Mental Health Service 5(12.2) 1(2.9) 1(3.2) 0(0.0)
Ambulance 1(2.4) 3(8.8) 1(3.2) 1(3.3)
Aboriginal Medical Service 2(4.9) 1(2.9) 1(3.2) 1(3.3)
Other health serviced 9(22.0) 3(8.8) 3(9.7) 4(13.3)
none 0(0.0) 8(23.5) 2(6.5) 2(6.7)
  1. aNot occasions of service
  2. bA wave is the time period in which the interview occurred within the study period. Not all participants completed interviews in each wave
  3. cFamily Physician
  4. dIncluded youth and adult cancer services, occupational therapy, chiropractor, pregnancy termination service, podiatrist, school first aid, mother’s support group