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Table 5 Number and percentage of GPs agreeing with questionnaire statements on how they used referral guidelines

From: Elective surgical referral guidelines - background educational material or essential shared decision making tool? A survey of GPs' in England

  N* % of 129
I look at guidelines when I encounter difficult/unfamiliar circumstances 63 48.8
I read guidelines once or twice for background education and/or to improve my knowledge of conditions 54 41.9
I read guidelines once or twice and rely on memory in order to apply recommendations to individual patients 44 34.1
I use guidelines in teaching 20 15.5
I use guidelines to help me audit my practice 12 9.3
I look at guidelines in most or all individual patient consultations where a referral might be necessary 3 2.3
Don't know 2 1.6
Use guidelines in another way 2 1.6
  1. *GPs were invited to tick more than one option