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Table 1 Comparison of National and WestREN profiles

From: WestREN: a description of an Irish academic general practice research network

  O'Dowd et al. 1992 [5] O'Dowd et al. 2005 [5] WestREN 2009
No. of Practices 428 545 71
Response Rate 68% 87% 73%
Practice Type    
GMS + Private 91% 96% 100%
Private Practice only 9% 4% 0%
GMS List Size    
<500 25%* 27%* 4%
1,000-1,999 27%* 21% 38%
>2,000 3%* <2% 14%
Practice Location    
Rural Location 33% 21% 50%
Urban Location 47% 43% 25%
Mixed Location 20% 36% 25%
Premises    
Purpose-built premises 27% 43% 54%
Adapted premises 46% 46% 40%
Attached to residence 27% 11% 5.7%
Practice Organisation    
Computerisation 27% 89% 100%
Appointment system 58% 81% 96%
Out of Hours    
Internal Rota 25%* 5%* 4%
External Rota 60% 15%* 19%
Co-op 0% 42% 61%
Practice Staff    
Single-handed GP practice 57%* 35% 25%
Practice nurse (FT and PT) 17%* 75% 92%
Education    
Involved in postgraduate training 8% 18% 42%
  1. *These figures were obtained by extrapolation from graph in O'Dowd et al. [5]