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Table 2 Patient characteristics: willing to delay vs not willing to delay

From: Women with symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infection are often willing to delay antibiotic treatment: a prospective cohort study

Characteristic Willing to delay Not willing to delay p value
  n (%) missing (n) n (%) missing (n)  
Total 51 (100)   86 (100)   
History        
mean age in years (range) 43 (16–79) 1 42 (16–89) 2 0.75
duration of symptoms > 1 day 38 (75) 1 57 (66) 4 0.31
at least considerable frequency 30 (59) 1 56 (65) 2 0.46
at least considerable pain 23 (45) 1 43 (50) 2 0.52
any vaginal irritation 21 (41) 1 36 (42) 2 0.94
at least 1 UTI ever diagnosed 39 (76) 2 67 (78) 2 0.85
patient thinks she has a UTI 42 (82) 1 80 (93) 5 0.05
Stick        
nitrite positive 13 (25) 1 34 (40) 0 0.09
blood ≥ 1+ 25 (49) 1 60 (70) 0 0.02
leucocytes ≥ trace 38 (75) 1 76 (88) 0 0.04
Culture        
culture positive 26 (51) 0 58 (67) 6 0.06
  1. Of the 137 patients who were asked to delay antibiotic treatment, 51 were willing to delay and 86 were not. Women who had haematuria and leukocyturia on urinalyis were less likely to be willing to delay antibiotic treatment. Severity of symptoms did not differ significantly between women willing to delay and women not willing to delay.