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Table 4 AED: self-referrals, patients referred by the GP and patients brought in by the ambulance services

From: Out-of-hours demand for GP care and emergency services: patients' choices and referrals by general practitioners and ambulance services

  Self-referral Via GP Via ambulance Total
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Male 360 (53.2) 349 (52.6) 132 (58.9) 841 (53.7)
Mean age (sd) 32.7 (19.7) 47.0 (28.8) 55.6 (23.7) 42.0 (26.0)
Injury 537 (80.1) 226 (35.0) 92 (41.4) 855 (55.6)
Fracture 103 (19.2) 93 (41.2) 25 (27.2) 221 (25.8)
Admission 17 (3.2) 22 (9.7) 24 (26.1) 63 (7.4)
Appointment outpatient clinic 173 (32.2) 117 (51.8) 30 (32.6) 320 (37.4)
Referral to own GP 347 (64.6) 87 (38.5) 38 (41.3) 472 (55.2)
Non-injury 133 (19.9) 420 (65.0) 130 (58.6) 683 (44.4)
Admission 47 (35.3) 294 (70.0) 98 (75.4) 439 (62.6)
Appointment outpatient clinic 43 (32.3) 67 (16.0) 12 (9.2) 140 (20.0)
Referral to own GP 43 (32.3) 59 (14.0) 20 (15.4) 122 (17.4)
Total 677 (43.3) 664 (42.4) 224 (14.3) 1565 (100.0)
  1. Valid %. Due to missing numbers (up to 27), columns do not always add up to their totals. Both periods of four months combined.