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Table 3 Access to care and readmission outcomes by societal SSS

From: An exploration of the subjective social status construct in patients with acute coronary syndrome

  Low Societal SSS
N = 518, n (%)
High Societal SSS
N = 572, n (%)
P-value
No family doctor   107 (20.9) 80 (14.1) < 0.01
Difficulty accessing cardiologist   61 (15.8) 68 (15.4) 0.92
Difficulty getting routine care   101 (20.6) 104 (19.7) 0.76
Barriers in getting routine carea Difficulty contacting physician 33 (27.1) 33 (29.5) 0.77
Difficulty getting appt 67 (54.5) 69 (61.6) 0.29
No GP 30 (25.0) 23 (20.5) 0.44
Waited too long to get appt 41 (33.9) 40 (35.4) 0.89
Long in office wait 37 (30.8) 31 (27.4) 0.67
Transportation 10 (8.3) 1 (0.9) 0.01
Cost 4 (3.3) 0 (0.0) 0.12
Information 7 (5.8) 6 (5.4) 1.00
Unable to leave house 11 (9.2) 1 (0.9) 0.01
Other 8 (8.3) 3 (3.1) 0.213
Health affected by lack of access   153 (38.4) 129 (29.7) 0.01
Readmission within 1 year b All Cause 64 (13.0) 53 (9.6) 0.10
Cardiac 45 (9.1) 28 (5.1) 0.02
  1. a Sample sizes are those indicating difficulty in getting routine care
  2. b Sample sizes at 1 year: Low societal SSS = 494; High societal SSS = 554
  3. Abbreviations: SSS subjective social status; appt- appointment, GP general practitioner
  4. Italics: Statistically significant difference, p< 0.05