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Table 4 Bivariate and multivariate analyses comparing physicians willing to prescribe syringes by other variables

From: A national physician survey on prescribing syringes as an HIV prevention measure

Variable (n) willing to prescribe (%) (n) OR 95% CI Adjusted
OR
95% CI
Gender       
Female 64% 125 1.09 0.7–1.7   
Male 62% 302     
Specialty       
Not Primary (85) 64% 54 1.1 0.7–1.7   
Primary (342) 62% 213     
Region       
Northeast (115) 70% 81 0.9 0.5–1.6   
South (110) 54% 59 0.4* 0.2–0.8   
Midwest (102) 54% 55 0.4* 0.2–0.8   
West (95) 73% 69     
Syringe status       
Strict prohibition (103) 69% 71 1.65 1.0–2.8   
Open access syringe sales (142) 65% 92 1.37 0.9–2.2   
Intermediate Access (157) 57% 89     
SEP status       
Legal Sep (230) 67% 154 1.6 0.9–2.7   
SEP w/o claim to legal (116) 59% 68 1.1 0.6–2.0   
No SEP operating (79) 56% 44     
IDUs in practice       
Yes (181) 68% 123 1.5* 1.0–2.3   
No (239) 58% 137     
Ask IDUs about sharing needles       
Yes (168) 70% 118 2.9* 1.1–7.4   
No (20) 45% 9     
IDUs share because they don't have sterile syringes       
Yes (373) 65% 242 4.6* 2.0–10.9 4.8* 2.0–11.4
No (26) 45% 12     
IDUs share because they do not have money       
Yes (352) 65% 229 2.3* 1.2–4.3   
No (44) 45% 20     
Awareness of access syringe exchange in location of practice       
Yes (104) 71% 74 1.6 1.0–2.6   
No (91) 63% 57     
Don't know (226) 58% 131     
Awareness of over-the-counter pharmacy syringe sales       
Yes (72) 74% 53 1.8 1.0–3.2   
No (100) 65% 65     
Don't know (247) 59% 146     
Awareness of syringe prescription by physician       
Yes (115) 72% 83 1.8* 1.1–2.9 1.8* 1.1–2.9
No (94) 59% 55     
Don't know (211) 59% 124     
Syringe prescription is legal       
Yes (36) 83% 30 1.3 0.8–2.1   
No (390) 61% 238     
Ever prescribed to IDU with Diabetes       
Yes (42) 81% 34 2.8* 1.3–6.2 2.3 1.0–5.2
No (380) 60% 228     
Ever prescribe to IDU w/o indication       
Yes (15) 80% 12 2.5 0.7–9.1   
No (406) 60% 244     
Know another MD who prescribes to IDU       
Yes (34) 85% 29 3.8* 1.5–10.1   
No (390) 60% 234     
  1. *Significant based on 95% CIs