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Table 3 A comparison of the help-seeking intentions of medical and non-medical undergraduates (UGs), using logistic regression

From: Perceptions and intentions relating to seeking help for depression among medical undergraduates in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional comparison with non-medical undergraduates

Help-seeking source Intentions to seek help Odds of medical UGs intending to seek help (compared with non-medical UGs)
% of Medical UGs (n = 581) % of non-medical UGs (n = 3879)
Adjusted odds ratio [95 % CI] (n = 4442)
Professional help
Psychiatrist 10.5 6.9 1.23 [0.78, 1.93]
Doctor/medical assistance/medical treatment 6.7 7.8 0.77 [0.51, 1.16]
Counsellor/counselling 7.7 6.3 1.24 [0.82, 1.85]
Informal help
Friend 38.0 33.6 1.24 [1.00, 1.55]
Parent 23.1 19.7 1.33* [1.03, 1.72]
Family member/s 7.6 4.4 1.68* [1.10, 2.56]
Getting help but person not specifieda 10.5 14.4 0.96 [0.69, 1.35]
  1. *p < .05
  2. aAs the help-provider was not specified these responses were considered within the category of informal help