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Table 5 Multivariate linear model for variables predicting patient delay, primary health-care delay, specialist delay, and total delay

From: Factors influencing patient and health care delays in Oropharyngeal Cancer

 Patient delayPrimary health-care delaySpecialist delay
Geometric mean95% CIP valueGeometric mean95% CIP valueGeometric mean95% CIP value
History of smoking
 Never smoked      60.847.877.50.145
 Former smoker      48.939.860.1 
 Current smoker      44.432.461.0 
Employment
 Currently employed or studying34.510.8110.30.146      
 Unemployed or retired61.925.0153.2       
Site
 Anterior wall   10.32.837.80.143   
 Lateral wall   5.61.619.4    
T Class, 7th and 8th UICC editions
 T1-T2         
 T3-T4         
N class, 8th UICC edition
 N0      52.439.669.10.727
 N+      49.641.858.8 
Stage, 7th UICC edition
 I-II97.525.6372.00.009      
 III-IV21.99.649.8       
p16 status
 Positive      53.743.067.10.544
 Negative      48.337.162.9 
Histological grade
 I         
 II         
 III         
Number of different symptoms
 One32.710.899.00.047*      
 Two34.010.7108.1       
 Three or more88.931.9247.9       
Initial place of visit
 GP, dentist, or hospital emergency  11.84.125.80.164   
 Private otolaryngologist   4.91.024.3    
Was a follow-up visit scheduled?
 No   5.01.615.80.119   
 Yes   11.42.749.0    
Number of health-care visits before referral to specialist care
 One   2.40.78.4< 0.001**   
 Two   10.62.742.0    
 Three or more   17.04.171.0    
Appointment at another hospital
 No      47.940.257.10.343
 Yes      54.242.469.2 
Treatment modality
 Surgery with or without (C)RT      46.637.258.40.141
  (C)RT      55.646.067.4 
Treatment intent
 Curative27.215.447.90.19114.87.230.50.179   
 Palliative78.614.7420.7 3.90.530.9    
  1. Bonferroni-corrected P values: *, One vs three or more P < 0.081; **, One vs two P value 0.007, one vs three or more P < 0.002
  2. GP general physician, (C) RT (chemo)radiotheraphy