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Table 1 Background characteristics of the patients and the GPs per patient group

From: Are patients’ preferences regarding the place of treatment heard and addressed at the point of referral: an exploratory study based on observations of GP-patient consultations

  Total No/little input Some input Much input
(n = 72) (n = 45) (n = 9) (n = 18)
GP     
Age in years (M(SD)) 51.2(6.0) 50.2(6.0) 51.4(5.4) 53.4(5.9)
Gender (n(%))     
    Man 45(62.5) 29(64.4) 5(55.6) 11(61.1)
Patient     
Age in years (M(SD))1 49.2(21.9) 47.2 (21.7) 39.1(30.9) 58.4 (14.6)
Gender (n(%))     
    Man 39(54.2) 27(60.0) 5(55.6) 7(38.9)
Education level (n(%))     
    None 1(1.4) 0(0.0) 1(11.1) 0(0.0)
    Low2 8(11.1) 5(11.1) 0(0.0) 3(16.7)
    Medium3 30(41.7) 18(40.0) 2(22.2) 10(55.6)
    High4 12(16.7) 8(17.8) 2(22.2) 2(11.1)
    Missing 21(29.2) 14(31.1) 4(44.4) 3(16.7)
Referral goal (n(%))     
Diagnosis 43(59.7) 28(62.2) 7(77.8) 8(44.4)
Treatment 28(38.9) 16(35.6) 2(22.2) 10(55.6)
Second opinion 1(1.4) 1(2.2) 0(0.0) 0(0.0)
  1. 1Patients aged seventeen years or younger were also included in the calculation (n = 9). During these consultations, a parent was present who talked with the GP on behalf of the patient; 2Low = primary school or only vocational training; 3Medium = secondary school or intermediate vocational training; 4High = tertiary education.