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Table 3 Baseline characteristics participating GPs# (n = 133)

From: Early identification of and proactive palliative care for patients in general practice, incentive and methods of a randomized controlled trial

Characteristics of general practitioners  
Age - yr 48,2 ± 8,1
Gender male sex - no.(%) 81 (60, 9)
Working week fulltime - no. (%) 70 (52, 6)
Experience - no. (%)  
   ≤ 1 year 2 (1, 5)
   2 - 5 years 14 (10, 5)
   6 - 10 years 21 (15, 8)
   ≥ 10 years 94 (70, 7)
   Missing 2 (1, 5)
Interest in palliative care* 8, 14 ± 1, 12
   Missing 3
Estimation of own capability** 6, 83 ± 0, 92
   Missing 3
Characteristics of practice  
Practice form - no. (%)  
   Single-handed 28 (21, 1)
   Dual 53 (39, 8)
   Group and health centres 52 (39, 1)
   Missing 0
Degree of urbanisation - no. (%)  
   Very 46 (34, 6)
   Moderate 28 (21, 1)
   Less 41 (30, 8)
   No 18 (13, 5)
   Missing 0
Size of practice Fte-average practice+ 1728 ± 409
   Missing 1
Palliative care  
Palliative patients/y - no. (%)  
   ≤ 2 patients 10 (7, 5)
   3 - 5 patients 72 (54, 1)
   5 - 9 patients 43 (32, 3)
   ≥ 10 patients 6 (4, 5)
   Missing 2 (1, 5)
Use of consultant palliative care - no. (%)  
   Yes 105 (78, 9)
   No 25 (18, 8)
   Missing 3 (2, 3)
  1. #Plus-minus values are means ± SD
  2. + Size of practice = fulltime-equivalent/average practice (= 2350 patients)
  3. *Interest in palliative care, visual analogue scale, rang 0, indicating no interest, to 10 very much interest.
  4. ** Estimation of own capability, visual analogue scale, rang 0, indicating not capable, to 10 very much capable.
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