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Research Article

Factors Associated with Women’s Chronic Disease Management: Associations of Healthcare Frustrations, Physician Support, and Self-Care Needs

Table 2

Healthcare frustrations by age and needing help learning HOW to take better care of own health.

Healthcare-related frustration scale items Total  
Age groupNeed help learning how to care for health
44 to 64 
65+ 
or No 
Yes 
or

Wish your doctor had more time to spend talking with you
 Never59.1%56.8%62.6%1.470.47967.4%43.4%18.54<0.001
 Occasionally24.5%24.7%24.2%21.9%29.3%
 Frequently16.4%18.4%13.1%10.7%27.3%
Feel tired of describing your same conditions and problems every time you go to a hospital or doctor’s office
 Never59.4%59.8%59.2%2.010.36767.6%44.0%16.42<0.001
 Occasionally24.7%22.8%28.6%21.3%31.0%
 Frequently16.0%17.5%12.2%11.2%25.0%
Wish you had a friend or family member who could go to the doctor with you
 Never76.0%76.2%76.5%0.060.96980.9%66.7%7.400.025
 Occasionally15.3%14.8%15.3%11.7%22.2%
 Frequently8.7%9.0%8.2%7.4%11.1%
Tired of feeling on your own when it comes to taking care of your health problems
 Never68.1%66.8%70.7%1.930.38172.9%59.0%5.800.055
 Occasionally23.6%25.8%19.2%20.2%30.0%
 Frequently8.3%7.4%10.1%6.9%11.0%
Feel that your doctor does not realize what it is really like for you at home trying to take care of your health problems
 Never71.4%70.4%72.7%1.840.39878.2%58.6%20.81<0.001
 Occasionally23.0%22.8%24.2%14.9%38.4%
 Frequently5.6%4.5%1.0%6.9%3.0%
Leave the hospital or a doctor’s office and feel confused about what you should do
 Never71.0%70.9%70.7%0.010.99479.7%54.5%19.86<0.001
 Occasionally23.8%23.8%24.2%16.6%37.4%
 Frequently5.2%5.3%5.1%3.7%8.1%
Healthcare-related frustration tertiles (higher scores indicate more frustration)
 Lowest tertile 30.30%30.00%30.60%1.890.38838.30%15.20%25.94<0.001
 Middle tertile47.00%44.70%51.00%30.70%16.40%
 Highest tertile (referent group)22.60%25.30%18.40%14.90%37.40%
Healthcare-related frustration scale (ranging from 0 to 12)2.55 (±2.69)2.64 (±2.79)2.39 (±2.50)0.750.4522.00 (±2.47)3.60 (±2.80)−4.79<0.001

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