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Table 1 Logistic regression analysis of the Internet awareness by the educational level, clinic and age ('No internet awareness' = 1 and 'Internet awareness' = 0) (N = 355).

From: Use of the internet by patients attending specialist clinics in Sri Lanka: a cross sectional study

Variable Categories Aware Not aware Odds R 95% conf. Int. P value
Education A' Level & above 71 (74.7%) 24 (25.3%) 1.000   Reference
  Ordinary Level 64 (54.2%) 54 (45.8%) 2.49 1.38 – 4.49 0.002
  < 11-years/no school 32 (31.3%) 97 (68.8%) 8.96 4.86 – 16.52 0.000
Clinics Paediatric 54 (60.7%) 35 (39.3%) 1.000   Reference
  Medical 55 (45.8%) 65 (54.2%) 1.092 0.52 – 2.25 0.812
  Surgical 40 (48.2%) 43 (51.8%) 1.696 0.84 – 3.40 0.138
  Cardiothoracic 22 (35.5%) 40 (64.5%) 1.975 0.88 – 4.41 0.097
Age Below 20 years 19 (70.4%) 8 (29.6%) 1.000   Reference
  21–30 years 41 (68.3%) 19 (31.7%) 1.101 0.40 – 2.95 0.849
  31–40 years 36 (58.1%) 26 (41.9%) 1.715 0.65 – 4.51 0.275
  41–50 years 25 (49.0%) 26 (51.0%) 2.470 0.91 – 6.66 0.074
  Over 50 years 46 (32.8%) 94 (67.2%) 4.85 1.97 – 11.91 0.001
  1. Awareness about the Internet were significantly low among those who had education up to G.C.E Ordinary Level or less than that and among those who are above 50 years of age. The Internet awareness was low among those who were 41 to 50 years of age and among those who attended the Cardiothoracic clinic although it did not reach a statistically significant level.