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Table 5 Patients’ reports of knowledge, duration of symptoms and expectations

From: Interacting factors associated with Low antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections in primary health care – a mixed methods study in Sweden

  Low antibiotic prescribing PHCC High antibiotic prescribing PHCC  
  n = 71 (%) n = 120 (%) p*
Children 19 (30.2) 39 (35.5) 0.48
Women 50 (74.6) 75 (64.1) 0.14
It was easy to get an appointment with the GP? 60 (85.7) 112 (96.6) 0.007
I know if I need an antibiotic prescription 23 (33.8) 28 (24.1) 0.16
Have confidence in your doctor’s decision not to prescribe antibiotics 42 (62.7) 79 (68.7) 0.41
Antibiotics help against bacteria 50 (73.5) 78 (67.8) 0.42
Antibiotics help against virus 30 (44.1) 47 (40.9) 0.67
Antibiotics speed the healing of cold 33 (49.2) 60 (53.6) 0.58
Coloured mucus needs antibiotics 42 (61.8) 66 (57.9) 0.61
Cough that has lasted long needs antibiotics 43 (63.2) 68 (59.6) 0.63
How long have you had trouble?
 <3 days 19 (27.5) 29 (25.0) 0.75
 4–7 days 16 (23.2) 35 (30.2)
 >1 week < 3 13 (18.8) 24 (20.7)
 3 weeks or more 21 (30.4) 28 (24.1)
Expectation of today’s visit
get an evaluation 53 (74.6) 93 (77.5) 0.65
get advice 29 (40.8) 45 (37.5) 0.65
that tests are taken 26 (36.6) 40 (33.3) 0.64
get something soothing 32 (45.1) 46 (38.3) 0.36
get antibiotics 22 (31.0) 21 (17.5) 0.03
get sick leave 4 (5.6) 10 (8.3) 0.49
  1. *Comparisons are made with Chi-squared test