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Table 2 Association between preventive services and lack of satisfaction with number of years of care from the same physician: Statistical comparisons to group with more than 5 years of continuity

From: Length of patient-physician relationship and patients' satisfaction and preventive service use in the rural south: a cross-sectional telephone study

Outcomes Total Sample N = 3176 %≤ 1 yr (0–12 mo) N = 319 % 1–2 yrs (12–24 mo) N = 369 % 3–5 yrs (25–60 mo) N = 669 %>5 yrs (61 mos or more) N = 1819
Lack of Satisfaction
% Neutral or dissatisfied with overall health care N = 3150 10.6*** 7.7* 3.8 4.5
% Neutral or dissatisfied with quality of health care N = 3156 6.7* 7.3** 3.5 3.3
% Neutral or not confident in physician N = 3156 20.1* 15.4 16.6 14.5
% Neutral or dissatisfied with concern shown by physician N = 3159 7.0** 4.8 5.3* 3.4
% Neutral or dissatisfied with having questions answered N = 3161 7.2* 5.3 4.4 3.8
% Felt neutral or not welcome and comfortable by staff N = 3165 5.6 4.8 3.5 4.3
Preventive Services (only asked to those reporting a routine checkup in past year)
Mammogram within past year in women 50 and older N = 1234 56.2 61.6 59.7 60.4
Pap smear in women 18–64 years old in past 3 years N = 1579 89.0 89.3 90.7 88.0
Flu shot in persons 65 and older in past year N = 720 62.0 64.9 72.0 69.5
Flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy in persons 50 and older N = 1756 46.6 52.3 50.5 50.5
Cholesterol in persons 45 and older N = 2108 87.6 89.9 88.4 88.3
Smoking counseling in past year N = 634 68.6 73.0 72.9 69.8
Physical activity counseling in past year N = 2641 56.4 51.2 55.6 51.2
Nutrition counseling in past year N = 2632 57.8* 47.5 54.6* 48.1
  1. *P < 0.05 difference for each group with >5 years continuity
  2. **P < 0.01 difference for each group with >5 years continuity
  3. ***P <0.001 difference for each group with >5 years continuity