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Table 2 Association between selected factors and seeking medical care, and seeking medical care within 3 days based on valid responses to most recent illness episode while working in Singapore

From: Health-seeking behaviour of male foreign migrant workers living in a dormitory in Singapore

Factor No. who fell sick No. who saw a doctor (%*) p-value No. who saw a doctor within 3 days (%*) p-value
Age in years 21 to 29 177 156 (88) 0.258† 95 (54) 0.845†
  30 to 39 84 70 (83)   43 (51)  
  40 and above 10 10 (100)   6 (60)  
Nationality Indian 137 119 (87) 0.538† 78 (57) 0.391†
  Bangladeshi 108 96 (89)   52 (48)  
  Myanmar 26 21 (81)   14 (54)  
Marital status Single 171 148 (87) 0.729† 91 (53) 0.668†
  Married 94 82 (87)   49 (52)  
  Widowed/Separated 4 4 (100)   3 (75)  
No. of people supported 3 or less 60 51 (85) 0.783‡ 37 (62) 0.017‡
  4 to 6 139 124 (89)   77 (55)  
  7 or more 60 52 (87)   24 (40)  
Industry Shipyard/Marine 215 187 (87) 0.976† 109 (51) 0.544†
  Construction 35 30 (86)   20 (57)  
  Others 16 14 (88)   10 (63)  
Highest education Primary or less 29 27 (93) 0.606‡ 17 (59) 0.469‡
  Secondary 124 107 (86)   67 (54)  
  Post-secondary 117 102 (87)   60 (51)  
Basic monthly salary S$499 or less 90 78 (87) 0.899‡ 33 (37) 0.002‡
  $500 to $999 138 120 (87)   84 (61)  
  $1,000 or more 40 35 (88)   24 (60)  
Average working hrs/wk Less than 45 hours 67 57 (85) 0.654‡ 32 (48) 0.292‡
  45 to 65 hours 137 120 (88)   74 (54)  
  More than 65 hours 65 57 (88)   37 (57)  
No. of rest days/mth 2 days or less 121 101 (83) 0.026‡ 63 (52) 0.393‡
  3 to 4 days 91 78 (86)   45 (49)  
  5 or more days 56 54 (96)   34 (61)  
Duration in Singapore 2 years or less 89 74 (83) 0.277‡ 45 (51) 0.208‡
  3 to 4 years 48 43 (90)   21 (44)  
  5 or more years 130 115 (88)   76 (58)  
Healthcare insurance plan Yes 81 73 (90) 0.538† 45 (56) 0.847†
  No 111 94 (85)   57 (51)  
  Do not know 79 69 (87)   37 (47)  
Type of symptoms Fever 135 123 (91) 0.066† 88 (65) <0.001†
  Cough 109 99 (91) 0.165† 66 (61) 0.045†
  Blocked/runny nose 93 78 (84) 0.252† 49 (53) 0.969†
  Sore throat 57 48 (84) 0.475† 34 (60) 0.233†
  Stomach ache 45 39 (87) 0.920† 24 (53) 0.876†
  Body aches/joint pains 62 54 (87) 0.923† 28 (45) 0.145†
  Injuries 32 27 (84) 0.595† 18 (56) 0.667†
  Skin problems 39 34 (87) 0.963† 20 (51) 0.851†
Severity of symptoms Not serious at all 88 78 (89) 0.192‡ 50 (57) 0.434‡
  A little serious 75 69 (92)   40 (53)  
  Quite serious 53 41 (77)   23 (43)  
  Very serious 24 21 (88)   13 (54)  
  Extremely serious 23 19 (83)   12 (52)  
  1. *As % of all who had illness episode while working in Singapore; p-values by †chi-squared test and ‡chi-squared test for trend.