Table 5

Predictors of seeing a rheumatologist among 509 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis in the MCBS, 2001 to 2006

Odds ratio

(95% confidence interval)


Age, years

65 to 74

1.00

75 to 84

0.59 (0.39, 0.90)

85+

0.22 (0.11, 0.48)

Gender, female

0.99 (0.70, 1.45)

Race

Non-Hispanic, white

1.0

Non-Hispanic, black

1.15 (0.35, 3.79)

Hispanic

1.33 (0.44, 3.97)

Non-Hispanic, other

1.34 (0.49, 3.67)

Income (US dollars)

>50,000

1.0

>30,000 to 50.000

0.55 (0.26, 1.16)

>20,000 to 30,000

0.47 (0.22, 1.01)

>15,000 to 20,000

0.32 (0.14, 0.74)

≤ 15,000

0.35 (0.16, 0.75)


Models adjusted for variables in the table plus education, region of residence (South, Midwest, Northeast, and West), insurance status (private, managed care, and drug insurance), and comorbidity index, as well as year of observation. MCBS, Medicare Current Beneficiary.

Solomon et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013 15:R43   doi:10.1186/ar4201

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