Table 1 Sample Characteristics of Patients Seeking Care for Influenza, Association with Diagnosis and Oseltamivir Prescription

From: Influenza Management via Direct to Consumer Telemedicine: an Observational Study

  Call reason was influenza (N = 8112) Diagnosed with influenza (N = 8055)
Overall N (%) N (%) diagnosed   Overall N (%) Prescribed oseltamivir N (%) p value*
Influenza season
  Yes 5344 (66) 2806 (53) < 0.001 7113 (88) 5683 (80) 0.157
  No 2768 (34) 298 (11)   942 (12) 734 (78)  
Weekend or after hours
  No 5274 (65) 2009 (38) 0.664 5195 (64) 4113 (79) 0.139
  Yes 2838 (35) 1095 (39)   2860 (36) 2304 (81)  
Patient gender
  Female 4724 (58) 1768 (37) 0.067 4570 (57) 3635 (80) 0.750
  Male 3388 (42) 1336 (39)   3485 (43) 2782 (80)  
Patient age
  < 19 years 967 (12) 457 (47) < 0.001 1319 (16) 1039 (79) 0.297
  19–39 years 3816 (47) 1395 (37)   3613 (45) 2867 (79)  
  40–59 2959 (36) 1109 (37)   2802 (35) 2262 (81)  
  60 and older 370 (5) 143 (39)   321 (4) 249 (78)  
Reported insurance information
  Yes 7124 (88) 2814 (39) < 0.001 7371 (92) 5881 (80) 0.376
  No 988 (12) 290 (29)   684 (8) 536 (78)  
Patient region
  Northeast 1183 (15) 383 (22) < 0.001 1023 (13) 779 (76) < 0.001
  Midwest 2017 (25) 755 (37)   2166 (27) 1706 (79)  
  South 3354 (41) 1501 (45)   3652 (45) 2984 (82)  
  West 1558 (19) 465 (30)   1214 (15) 948 (78)  
Physician specialty
  Family Medicine 5341 (66) 1978 (37) < 0.001 5170 (64) 4224 (82) < 0.001
  Internal Medicine 1858 (23) 768 (41)   1932 (24) 1474 (76)  
  Emergency Medicine 615 (8) 220 (36)   637 (8) 483 (76)  
  Pediatrics 298 (4) 138 (46)   316 (4) 236 (75)  
Physician region
  Northeast 1625 (20) 501 (16) < 0.001 1323 (16) 1041 (79) 0.163
  Midwest 1797 (22) 790 (25)   2245 (28) 1761 (78)  
  South 3252 (40) 1361 (44)   3388 (42) 2731 (81)  
  West 1438 (18) 452 (15)   1099 (14) 884 (80)  
  1. *p value from chi-square test
  2. †Based on U.S. Census categories