Table 2.

Predictors of Physician Denial of One or More Patient Requests Among All Visits with a Request (n = 867)

Patients Who Reported ≥1 Requests Denied
aOR (95% CI)P-Value
Age1.00 (0.99, 1.01).92
Male gender (female = reference)1.00 (0.68, 1.49).99
Race/ethnicity
    Whitereference
    Hispanic0.74 (0.47, 1.18).21
    Black0.64 (0.35, 1.17).15
    Asian1.37 (0.67, 2.81).38
    Other/multiple races0.74 (0.38, 1.49).38
    Decline to state0.59 (0.19, 1.83).36
Education level
    HS/GED or lessreference
    Some college1.12 (0.68, 1.82).66
    College grad1.38 (0.80, 2.37).25
    >College0.74 (0.41, 1.32).30
Marital status
    Married or partnershipreference
    Divorced0.93 (0.54, 1.60).80
    Member of unmarried couple0.44 (0.19, 1.02).06
    Never married0.99 (0.53, 1.87).99
    Separated1.33 (0.50, 3.54).56
    Widowed1.23 (0.55, 2.77).61
Saw usual physician (self-reported)0.61 (0.42, 0.88).009
Patient saw faculty physician0.72 (0.44, 1.16).18
Self-reported physical health good or better0.75 (0.48, 1.17).21
Mental Health index0.99 (0.98, 1.00).18
Symptom burden
    Lowreference
    Mid0.84 (0.49, 1.44).53
    High2.21 (1.38, 3.55).001
Medical skepticism1.35 (1.03, 1.78).03
Life satisfaction1.03 (0.99, 1.07).06
  • aOR, adjusted odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; HS/GED, High School/General Educational Development.

  • Saw usual doctor: patient answered on survey that they saw the usual doctor they see for medical care (patient self-report of usual doctor).

  • Mental Health index: higher is better self-reported mental health (range, 4 to 100).

  • Symptom Burden: higher is great symptom burden.

  • Medical Skepticism: higher value is more skeptical (range, 1 to 5).

  • Life Satisfaction: higher value is more satisfied (range, 5 to 35).