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Table 1 Patient and GP characteristics of 4377 telephone consultations 1 and drug prescription rates

From: Drug prescription by telephone consultation in Danish out-of-hours primary care: a population-based study of frequency and associations with clinical severity and diagnosis

  Telephone consultations N (%) Prescription rates % (95% CI)
All contacts 4,377 (100) 19.9 (17.7-20.0)
Patient characteristics  
Gender  
 Female 2,285 (54.8) 21.5 (19.9-23.2)
 Male 1,888 (45.2) 18.0 (16.3-19.8)
Age  
 0-4 years 841 (20.25) 15.2 (13.0-17.8)
 5-17 years 563 (13.5) 17.2 (14.3-20.6)
 18-40 years 1,398 (33.5) 22.6 (20.5-24.9)
 41-60 years 702 (16.8) 23.4 (20.4-26.6)
 >60 years 669 (16.0) 18.7 (15.9-21.8)
GP characteristics  
Gender  
 Female 1,140 (27.3) 17.9 (15.8-22.1)
 Male 3,033 (72.7) 20.6 (19.2-22.1)
Age  
 <41 1,349 (32.3) 19.2 (17.2-21.4)
 41-50 879 (21.1) 18.2 (15.8-20.9)
 51-60 1,176 (28.2) 21.9 (19.6-24.3)
 >60 769 (18.4) 20.0 (17.3-23.0)
Contact characteristics  
GP-assessed severity  
 Severe/potentially severe 320 (7.7) 6.3 (4.1-9.5)
 Not severe/not ill 3,642 (87.3) 21.3 (20.0-22.6)
 Missing 211 (5.1) 17.1 (12.6-22.8)
New episode/chronic disease  
 New episode 3,402 (81.5) 19.6 (18.3-21.0)
 Exacerbation of chronic disease 492 (11.8) 18.5 (15.3-22.2)
 Missing/not relevant 279 (6.7) 26.2 (21.3-31.7)
Number of hours from office hours  
 <5 806 (19.3) 19.1 (16.5-22.0)
 5-8 494 (11.8) 11.9 (9.4-15.1)
 >8 (weekends) 2,873 (68.9) 21.5 (20.0-23.0)
  1. 1Prescription renewals excluded.