Table 1

Correlates of the willingness to receive medication by post

VariableThose ‘willing’ to receive chlamydia treatment by postThose ‘willing’ to receive contraceptive pills by post
%, OR (95% CI)%, OR (95% CI)
Age (years)
 <4588.0%, 1.00 (ref)84.9%, 1.00 (ref)
 45+76.3%, 0.43 (0.23–0.81)*56.8%, 0.19 (0.09–0.41)*
Gender
 Male81.1%, 1.00 (ref)
 Female88.8%, 1.48 (0.96–2.29)0
Ethnicity
 White87.2%, 1.00 (ref)83.7%, 1.00 (ref)
 Ethnic minority (non-White)84.1%, 0.78 (0.41–1.49)78.6%, 0.87 (0.42–1.80)
Sexual orientation
 Heterosexual87.3%, 1.00 (ref)83.9%, 1.00 (ref)
 Sexual minority88.1%, 1.09 (0.60–2.00)78.2%, 0.77 (0.38–1.58)
Education
 High school or below89.1%, 1.00 (ref)83.9%, 1.26 (0.75–2.10)
 College and university degree86.6%, 0.73 (0.42–1.26)84.0%, 1.00 (ref)
Registered with a GP
 Yes87.2%, 1.00 (ref)83.3%, 1.00 (ref)
 No77.4%, 0.53 (0.19–1.48)69.6%, 0.57 (0.15–2.06)
Past STI infection
 Yes88.4%, 1.00 (ref)85.9%, 1.40 (0.93–2.11)
 No86.1%, 0.75 (0.50–1.13)82.5%, 1.00 (ref)
Ever collected medication at the pharmacy
 Yes87.6%, 1.37 (0.84–2.22)84.3%, 2.04 (1.20–3.47)*
 No83.7%, 1.00 (ref)75.8%, 1.00 (ref)
Ever received medication via post
 Yes96.7%, 4.63 (1.44–14.8)*85.3%, 1.56 (0.66–3.73)
 No86.2%, 1.00 (ref)83.0%, 1.00 (ref)
Frequency of STI screening
 First time or less than once a year83.1%, 0.63 (0.42–0.93)*80.7%, 0.77 (0.51–1.16)
 Once a year or more often91.0%, 1.00 (ref)86.3%, 1.00 (ref)
Preferred method of STI screening
 Online (home) testing97.1%, 10.3 (6.16–17.4)*88.1%, 1.63 (1.05–2.55)*
 In-clinic (GP or sexual health)76.7%, 1.00 (ref)78.6%, 1.00 (ref)
Preference for receiving medication (general)
 Delivered to home98.8%, 24.1 (11.1–51.9)*89.8%, 2.30 (1.44–2.55)
 Collected from a pharmacy or a doctor76.7%, 1.00 (ref)77.7%, 1.00 (ref)
Concerned about confidentiality
 Yes60.6%, 0.21 (0.90–0.50)*67.8%, 0.61 (0.25–1.44)
 No94.6%, 1.00 (ref)88.4%, 1.00 (ref)
Concerned about delivery if absent at home
 Yes75.2%, 0.09 (0.02–0.32)*78.3%, 0.83 (0.36–1.89)
 No95.6%, 1.00 (ref)87.3%, 1.00 (ref)
Willingness to speak with health advisor via telephone prior to finalise medication order
 Yes91.9%, 4.01 (1.03–15.6)*85.5%, 1.68 (0.49–5.74)
 No54.5%, 1.00 (ref)60.6%, 1.00 (ref)
Willingness to disclose pre-existing conditions
 Yes91.0%, 2.87 (0.79–10.4)85.9%, 1.00 (ref)
 No51.4%, 1.00 (ref)55.3%, 0.35 (0.13–2.05)
Willingness to register a real name for the order
 Yes91.9%, 5.65 (1.76–18.1)*87.7%, 2.00 (0.58–6.86)
 No41.2%, 1.00 (ref)47.1%, 1.00 (ref)
Willingness to fill in an online questionnaire about health prior to order
 Yes94.5%, 3.09 (1.43–10.6)*88.8%, 3.67 (1.45–9.27)*
 No54.1%, 1.00 (ref)60.9%, 1.00 (ref)
Willingness to provide blood pressure reading
 Yes89.7%, 1.00 (ref)82.2%, 2.08 (0.83–5.22)
 No80.1%, 0.20 (0.04–0.97)*56.2%, 1.00 (ref)
Willingness to receive generic (non-branded) medication
 Yes93.9%, 2.88 (1.21–6.83)*97.5%, 35.8 (15.8–81.3)*
 No71.9%, 1.00 (ref)44.1%, 1.00 (ref)
Preference for a consultation with a pharmacist to discuss side effects and dosage
 Yes78.2%, 0.52 (0.23–1.16)75.0%, 0.34 (0.16–0.73)*
 No90.3%, 1.00 (ref)86.1%, 1.00 (ref)
  • *p<0.05.

  • GP, general practitioner; ref, reference; STI, sexually transmitted infection.