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Table 4 Variables independently associated with GPs taking on SMD patients

From: Variables associated with general practitioners taking on serious mental disorder patients

   Beta t test p value
Inter-professional relationship profile Frequency of GP referrals for joint follow-up (of any types) with other
resources for mental disorder patient care
5.49 3.76 0.002
  Frequency of GP involvement in post-hospital follow-up (related to both either
patients or psychiatric professionals initiative) for mental disorder patient care
2.83 2.15 0.029
Mental health clinical practice profile Proportion of SMD patients visiting GPs (total consultations, including one-time basis
– walk-in clinics, or follow-up by GPs) on all patient consultations
0.61 5.45 < 0.001
  Proportion of medical visits related to SMD patient medication follow-up (on all SMD patient consultations) 0.26 5.87 < 0.001
  Proportion of medical visits related to SMD patient supportive therapy (on all SMD patient consultations) 0.19 4.24 < 0.001
Lack of expertise in mental health Proportion of GPs who transfer mental disorder patients (out of all GP mental disorder
consultations, and for any types of care and for either a short-term or long-term period)
owing to insufficient mental health training
-10.60 -7.06 < 0.001
  1. F = 45.88 (P < 0.001); R2 = 0.43
  2. DEPENDENT VARIABLE: number of serious mental disorder (SMD) patients taken on (i.e., accepted as the general practitioners' (GPs) own patients, GPs assuming continuous follow-up over time) by GPs among all patients seen with SMD (total GP consultations with SMD patients).