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Table 2 Characteristics of PCPs’ activity in 1993 and 2012

From: Primary care in Switzerland: evolution of physicians’ profile and activities in twenty years (1993–2012)

  1993 2012 1993–2012 Comparisona
  % or mean (median) % or mean (median) p
General features    
 PCP as unique activity 71.6 33.7 <0.001
 Group practice 27.7 52.3 <0.001
 Self-employed (vs salaried) 99.0 96.0 0.057
Computer equipment 78.5 100.0 <0.001
 Use for making appointments 0.7 50.2 <0.001
 Use for keeping records of consultations 6.0 46.7 <0.001
 Use for drug prescriptions 3.3 55.3 <0.001
PC access    
 Regular weekly workload as PCP (in hours) 50.2 46.6 < 0.01
  (50.0) (48.5)  
 Weekly workload (regular + after hours, in hours) 67.0 51.3 <0.001
(64.0) (51.0)  
 Face-to-face patient contacts a day 30.9 24.0 <0.001
(30.0) (25.0)  
 Consultation’s length (minutes) 15.1 19.6 <0.001
(15.0) (20.0)  
 Telephone patient contacts a day 7.2 6.4 0.075
(5.0) (5.0)  
 Home visits a week 7.7 3.2 <0.001
(5.0) (2.0)  
 Nearest other PCP >10 km 1.5 2.0 NS
 Nearest ambulatory speciality care/clinic >10 km 31.4 13.9 <0.001
 Nearest hospital >10 km 31.8 25.4 NS
Regular face-to-face meeting with (>once/month)    
 Other PCPs 81.9 61.2 <0.001
 Hospital specialists 71.8 21.2 <0.001
 Home care nurses 66.3 26.6 <0.001
 Social workers 18.4 3.1 <0.001
Prevention activity involvement    
 Routine antenatal care 76.8 20.7 <0.001
 Immunization of children 91.8 58.3 <0.001
 Paediatric surveillance < 4 years 83.5 40.1 <0.001
 Blood pressure measure routinely 77.2 79.9 NS
 Blood cholesterol measure routinely 13.7 36.7 <0.001
  1. athe results were strictly the same after adjusting on urban/rural feature