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Table 1 Norwegian general practitioners’ scores on statements about their referral process (A1-10) and data collected when actually referring to hospital (B1-6) during 1 month in 2014 (n = 57)

From: Erratum to: Typologies in GPs’ referral practice

Variables Mean SD Median Min Max
Statements on VAS 10 cm: 0 = strongly disagree, 10 = strongly agree)
A1. “I spend a lot of time and effort on referrals” 5.3 2.0 5.2 0.5 9.8
A2. “I often feel that I don’t know enough about what is expected to make a good referral” 3.2 2.1 2.5 0.0 10.0
A3. “I am often afraid to have the referral rejected from hospital” 1.4 1.5 1.0 0.0 8.0
A4. “I am often afraid that the referral gives an impression of me not knowing enough about the actual medical problem” 2.9 2.2 2.0 0.0 9.5
A5. “It is easy to get in contact with a hospital specialist for advice” 4.9 2.3 5.0 1.0 9.0
A6. “Some referrals could have been avoided if I had got in contact with a hospital consultant when referring” 5.8 3.0 6.5 0.0 10.0
A7. “I usually complete the referral during the consultation” 4.6 3.3 5.0 0.0 10.0
A8. “The patient’s participation and opinion is important to me when I refer” 6.2 1.9 6.3 2.0 9.5
A9. “The patient should see the referral or have a copy before it is sent” 5.0 2.8 5.0 0.3 10.0
A10 “Giving the patient a copy of the referral will improve the quality” 4.4 2.8 5.0 0.5 10.0
B1. Difficult referral to make (Likert scale 1–10) 2.6 1.0 2.7 1.0 5.6
B2. Pressure from patient to be referred (Likert scale 1–10) 2.0 0.8 1.0 1.0 4.7
B3. Suggesting a priority for the patient to be admitted to hospital (%) 39.9 39.3 26.0 0.0 100.0
B4. Suggesting a wait for the patient to be admitted to hospital (%) 28.2 33.6 17.6 0.0 100.0
B5. Telephone contact with hospital specialist when referring (%) 9.1 16.1 0.0 0.0 100.0
B6. The time used for making the referral (minutes) 8.2 3.5 7.5 2.0 17.1
  1. Abbreviations: GP: General practitioner; SD: standard deviation; VAS: visual analogue scale; Min: minimum, Max: maximum