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Table 5 Analysis of influencing factors on the duration of home visits

From: The workload for home visits by German family practitioners: an analysis of regional variation in a cross-sectional study

Duration of home visits B SE Wald df p Odds Ratio 95% CI for Odds Ratio
Lower Upper
AVERAGEa (20 to 30 min)
1) Regional distributionb
Rural (<  5000) .160 .137 1.360 1 .244 1.173 .897 1.534
Semi-rural (5000 – 10,000) .359 .154 5.414 1 .020* 1.431 1.058 1.936
Semi-urban (10,000 – 50,000) .253 .132 3.672 1 .055 1.288 .994 1.669
2) Regional primary care status
Imminent underserved regionsc .285 .102 7.891 1 .005** 1.330 1.090 1.623
3) Homebound patient characteristics
Genderd −.070 .105 .444 1 .505 .933 .759 1.145
Age .014 .005 9.074 1 .003** 1.014 1.005 1.023
Number of chronic diseases .019 .012 2.517 1 .113 1.019 .996 1.043
4) Home visit characteristics
Housing situatione 1.410 .098 206.600 1 .000*** 4.094 3.378 4.962
Type of home visitf .718 .113 40.537 1 .000*** 2.051 1.644 2.559
LONGa (31 min or longer)
1) Regional distributionb
Rural (<  5000) .022 .126 .030 1 .862 1.022 .799 1.307
Semi-rural (5000 – 10,000) .181 .144 1.566 1 .211 1.198 .903 1.589
Semi-urban (10,000 – 50,000) .056 .122 .213 1 .644 1.058 .833 1.344
2) Regional primary care status
Imminent underserved regionsc .107 .096 1.229 1 .268 1.113 .921 1.344
3) Homebound patient characteristics
Genderd .040 .097 .169 1 .681 1.041 .861 1.258
Age .011 .004 6.549 1 .010* 1.011 1.003 1.019
Number of chronic diseases .014 .011 1.418 1 .234 1.014 .991 1.036
4) Home visit characteristics
Housing situatione 1.863 .093 403.501 1 .000*** 6.443 5.372 7.728
Type of home visitf 1.256 .103 147.627 1 .000*** 3.511 2.867 4.300
  1. Note: *** p < 0.001; ** p < 0.01; * p < 0.05
  2. aThe reference category is: short with 19 min or less
  3. bEach region (rural, semi-rural and semi-urban) is compared to urban regions
  4. cImminent underserved regions are compared to well-served regions
  5. dGender is for males compared to women
  6. eHousing situation is for private homes compared to long-term care institutions
  7. fType of home visit is for requested home visits compared to planned home visits