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Table 2 Influence of baseline characteristics on response pattern (data from Healthcare Monitor 2003)

From: German ambulatory care physicians' perspectives on clinical guidelines – a national survey

Thematic block Factor of influence     Total
Block 1: „The physician can best treat the patient...      
1.1 ..on the basis of scientific knowledge – in form of guidelines." Age (years) ≤45 46 to 54 ≥55  
  Degree of agreement n 134 182 184 500
  % 41.8 35.2 50.5 42.6
  Age of practice (years) ≤10 11–20 ≥21  
  Degree of agreement n 167 243 93 503
  % 39.5 42.0 49.5 42.5
Block 3: „In the care of my patients I...      
3.2 ..use guidelines only as an exception." No of staff/practice 1–3 4–5 ≥6  
  Degree of agreement n 151 191 160 502
  % 28.5 20.9 16.3 21.7
  Number of patients in practice/three-month period <1000 1000–1400 ≥1400  
  Degree of agreement n 150 129 165 444
  % 26.7 25.6 15.8 22.0
3.3 ..reject guidelines, because they are not practical enough." Age of practice (years) ≤10 11–20 ≥21  
  Degree of agreement n 166 242 93 500
  % 16.3 22.3 28.0 21.4
3.5 ..so far do not work with guidelines, because I do not know enough about them." Age of practice (years) ≤10 11–20 ≥21  
  Degree of agreement n 165 238 93 496
  % 2.4 8.8 9.7 6.9
  Patients seen multiple time/3-month period <30% 30–50% ≥50%  
  Degree of agreement n 138 174 185 497
  % 10.9 7.5 4.3 7.2
Block 4: "I would work with guidelines which...      
4.4..were developed by medical societies." Age of practice (years) ≤10 11–20 ≥21  
  Degree of agreement n 167 241 92 500
  % 64.7 62.2 57.6 62.2
4.6..were developed by a network of physicians, which I belong to." Age (years) ≤45 46 to 54 ≥55  
  Degree of agreement n 133 181 178 492
  % 65.4 56.3 44.4 54.5
  Age of practice (years) ≤10 11–20 ≥21  
  Degree of agreement n 166 237 92 495
  % 66.3 48.9 44.6 53.9