Table 2.

Crude and Adjusted* Mean and Median Number of Times Per Child the Parents Had to Buy Each Type of Medication, Consult a Physician, Ask a Babysitter to Care for the Child, Ask a Family Member to Care for the Child or Miss Work, and the Adjusted Number of Work Hours Missed, by Season in Québec, Canada (September 1996–March 1997)

Fall (n = 265) Adjusted*Winter (n = 266)
Adjusted*
Total (n = 273)§
CrudeAdjusted*
Mean (SD)Median
(Q1, Q3)
Mean (SD)Median
(Q1, Q3)
Mean (SD)Median
(Q1, Q3)
Mean (SD)Median
(Q1, Q3)
Medication
 Prescription drugs0.93  (1.52)0 (0, 1.18)1.07  (1.68)0  (0, 2)1.61  (1.81)1 (0, 2)2.06  (2.38)1.18 (0, 3)
 OTC drugs1.42  (2.78)1 (0, 2)1.18  (1.64)1  (0, 2)1.97  (1.87)2 (1, 3)2.48  (2.48)2 (1, 3.25)
 Total2.30  (3.69)1.18 (0, 3.25)2.22  (2.80)2  (1, 3)3.58  (2.91)3 (1, 5)4.47  (3.87)3.25 (2, 6.5)
Visits to a physician1.12  (1.69)0 (0, 1.86)1.17  (1.44)1  (0, 2)1.99  (2.04)2 (0, 3)2.43  (2.54)2 (0, 3.71)
Babysitter0.10  (0.56)0 (0, 0)0.10  (0.47)0  (0, 0)0.19  (0.74)0 (0, 0)0.23  (1.00)0 (0, 0)
Family member0.30  (1.24)0 (0, 0)0.39  (1.13)0  (0, 0)0.57  (1.43)0 (0, 0)0.72  (1.94)0 (0, 0)
Missed work0.64  (1.44)0 (0, 1)1.00  (1.79)0  (0, 1.08)1.46  (2.25)1 (0, 2)1.67  (2.47)1 (0, 2.17)
Number of hours missed3.83  (9.09)0 (0, 4.5)6.29  (12.31)0  (0, 8)8.96  (14.56)2.17 (0, 14)10.22  (16.22)2.17 (0, 14)
  • Abbreviations: SD, standard deviation; Q1, first quartile; Q3, third quartile; OTC, over-the-counter.

  • * Adjusted for the number of days of follow-up per period (crude frequency/number of days of follow-up) multiplied by the number of days for that period (fall = winter = 91 days, total = 182 days).

  • September 1 to November 30, 1996.

  • December 1, 1996 to March 1, 1997.

  • § September 1, 1996 to March 1, 1997.