Table 6.

Odds of Patient Anxiety After the Consultation in the Multivariate, Multilevel Logistic Regression Analysis

VariableAdjusted Odds Ratio (95% CI)
CI=confidence interval; ref = reference group; QI = quality improvement.
Notes: Detailed definitions for each category are given in the supplemental tables. Group was retained in the model using 2 dummy variables. The intra-cluster correlation coefficient was 2.53 e−7.
    Immediate test ordering1.00 (ref)
    Watchful waiting2.25 (1.09–4.60)
    Watchful waiting + QI1.12 (0.64–1.97)
Patient had anxiety before the consultation
    Yes6.83 (4.15–11.25)
    No1.00 (ref)
Patient expected referral to a specialist
    Yes2.64 (1.52–4.57)
    No or did not care1.00 (ref)
Physician felt certain that there was no cause for alarm
    Yes2.37 (1.02–5.51)
    No1.00 (ref)
Physician took a special interest in psychiatry, psychosomatics, or unexplained complaints
    Yes2.21 (1.13–4.31)
    No1.00 (ref)
Physician performed physical examination
    Yes2.03 (1.11–3.72)
    No1.00 (ref)
Patient expected blood tests to be ordered
    Yes1.84 (1.07–3.20)
    No or unknown1.00 (ref)
Patient considered complaints bearable
    Yes0.56 (0.32–0.97)
    No1.00 (ref)
Patient was satisfied with the consultation
    Yes0.53 (0.32–0.88)
    No1.00 (ref)
Patient knew seriousness of complaints after the consultation, according to patient
    Yes0.45 (0.25–0.79)
    No1.00 (ref)