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Table 3 Prevalence of online medication purchasing according to sociodemographic characteristics (n = 420)

From: Online medication purchasing during the Covid-19 pandemic: A pilot study from the United Arab Emirates

   Prevalence of OPs
Variable Groups Estimate OR 95% CI P-value
Lower Upper
  All 131 (31.2%)   26.7 35.6  
Sex Female 49 (25.1%) 1
Male 82 (36.4%) 1.71 1.12 2.61 0.013
Age groups 18–24 20 (40.0%) 0.91 0.42 1.95 0.80
25–34 38 (39.2%) 0.88 0.45 1.69 0.63
35–44 18 (21.2%) 0.36 0.18 0.76 0.007
45–54 30 (23.3%) 0.41 0.21 0.79 0.008
 ≥ 55 25 (42.4%) 1
Marital status Single 43 (43.9%) 2.08 1.30 3.32 0.002
Married 88 (27.3%) 1
Educational level High school 9 (75.0%) 6.93 1.83 26.3 0.004
Bachelor’s degree 41 (29.3%) 0.96 0.61 1.49 0.84
Postgraduate 81 (30.2%) 1
Employment status Unemployed 34 (30.4%) 1
Employed 97 (31.5%) 1.06 0.66 1.69 0.82
Chronic disease Yes 107 (30.8%) 0.97 0.58 1.61 0.91
No 24 (32.9%) 1
  1. P-values less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant
  2. OR odds ratio, CI confidence interval