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Table 2 Factors associated with increased self-reported autonomy in medical care

From: An assessment of variables affecting transition readiness in pediatric rheumatology patients

Independence outcome
   Independent action Dependent action p-value
Variable    
When you don’t feel well, who usually phones the doctor? (“me” was considered independent action) Age (years) 18.80 ± 1.32 16.70 ± 1.63 0
Summer Job
Yes 100 % 51.50 % 0.014*
Who would you call first if you ran out of medication and there were no refills left on your bottle? (“doctor or pharmacy” was considered independent action) Age (years) 17.68 ± 1.76 16.55 ± 1.60 0.01
Parents older than 40 years
Yes 70.40 % 92.50 % 0.02
Driver’s license
Yes 64.50 % 29.30 % 0.03*
Who makes your routine doctor’s appointments? (“yourself” was considered independent action) Age (years) 18.5 ± 1.2 16.5 ± 1.7 <0.0001
Fibromyalgia
Yes 61.50 % 11.70 % 0.02*
Non-rheumatologic diagnosis
Yes 75 % 33.30 % 0.01
What do you do if you can’t keep an appointment scheduled with your rheumatologist? (“call and cancel yourself” was the independent action) Age (years) 18.51 ± 1.23 16.3 7 ± 1.58 <0.0001
3Disease duration (years) 5.77 ± 3.66 3.91 ± 2.97 0.03
Family with similar disease
Yes 72.10 % 44.70 % 0.03
Driver’s license
Yes 77.30 % 37.50 % 0.003*
Summer job
Yes 90.90 % 43.10 % 0
Do you take your medications as prescribed without someone reminding you? No significant variable associations
  1. *No longer significant when controlled for age