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Table 2 Proportions and means

From: Trends towards stronger primary care in three western European countries; 2006-2012

  Country 2006 2009 2012 Change 2006-2012 - = decrease + = increase
Organization of Primary care      
 Non physician per FTE physician within practice Germany 2.24 2.08* 2.87*‡ + (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 1.22 1.38* 1.70*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 0.92 1.04* 1.32*‡ + (p < 0.001)
 Out-of –hours care (%) Germany 76.1 54.3* 89.6*‡ + (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 96.3 97.0 95.3  
UK 87.1 88.8 95.5*‡ + (p < 0.001)
 Same or next day appointment (% almost all >80 %) Germany 69.0 57.3* 56.6* - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 71.9 62.1* 61.5* - (p < 0.001)
UK 73.4 64.8* 55.3*‡ - (p < 0.001)
IT to support organization of primary care      
 Use electronic medical records (%) Germany 42.1 73.3* 83.2*‡ + (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 97.9 99.8* 98.7‡  
UK 89.5 96.8* 96.8* + (p < 0.001)
 Reminder notices to patients receiving care (%) Germany 27.6 17.4* 18.1* - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 61.0 48.6* 43.1* - (p < 0.001)
UK 83.3 76.8* 65.5*‡ - (p < 0.001)
 Alert/prompt for providing test results (%) Germany 32.0 11.7* 11.3* - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 16.5 7.8* 6.6* - (p < 0.001)
UK 53.5 49.2 58.3‡  
 List of patients by diagnosis or health risk (% easy) Germany 80.6 71.1* 55.6*‡ - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 63.3 67.1 78.1*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 92.5 97.3* 96.0* + (p = 0.009)
 List of patients due or overdue for tests or preventive care (%easy) Germany 63.7 39.0* 41.7* - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 41.9 65.0* 73.0*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 77.2 90.9* 89.6* + (p < 0.001)
 List of all medications taken by individual patients (%easy) Germany 54.9 58.1 62.2* + (p = 0.001)
Netherlands 59.8 70.0* 78.8*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 87.8 90.4 98.5*‡ + (p < 0.001)
Incentives for performance improvement      
 Incentive for patients with chronic diseases (%) Germany 24.0 49.7* 61.0*‡ + (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 50.0 62.2* 77.6*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 80.5 84.8 51.7*‡ - (p < 0.001)
 Incentive for enhanced preventive care (%) Germany 28.3 24.9 23.3* - (p = 0.01)
Netherlands 19.0 17.8 28.8*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 74.2 39.4* 38.1* - (p < 0.001)
 Receives data on clinical outcomes (%) Germany 70.9 41.3* 54.1*‡ - (p < 0.001)
Netherlands 36.7 64.8* 82.0*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 78.1 90.8* 85.4*‡ + (p = 0.001)
 Receives data on patient satisfaction (%) Germany 27.4 24.5 34.8*‡ + (p = 0.001)
Netherlands 19.1 22.7 39.7*‡ + (p < 0.001)
UK 89.5 96.7* 84.9*‡ - (p = 0.01)
  1. *Significant (p < 0.05) change compared to 2006 ‡ Significant (p < 0.05) change between 2009 and 2012