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Table 2 Description of study population (N = 1525)

From: Shifting hospital care to primary care: An evaluation of cardiology care in a primary care setting in the Netherlands

Variables Mean (SD±) or n (%)
Gender:  
 Female 818 (53.6%)
 Male 707 (46.4%)
Age 57.6 (±14.6)
Referral indication given by the general practitioner:
 Atypical chest pain 630 (41.3%)
 Dyspnoea 202 (13.2%)
 Heart palpitations 192 (12.6%)
 Abnormal ECG 103 (6.8%)
 Cardiac screening 102 (6.7%)
 Reduced exercise capacity 67 (4.4%)
 Collapse 60 (3.9%)
 Stable Angina Pectoris 55 (3.6%)
 Suspected arrhythmia 32 (2.1%)
 Suspected heart failure 31 (2.0%)
 Heart murmur 25 (1.6%)
 Suspected coronary sclerosis 16 (1.0%)
 Analyses of atrial fibrillation 10 (0.7%)
Reason for referral given by the general practitioner
 To exclude disease 1193 (81.4%)
 Screening of unclear pathology 132 (8.7%)
 To confirm disease 78 (5.1%)
 To reassure the patient 67 (4.4%)
 Checking the unknown 29 (1.9%)
 Upon patient request 20 (1.3%)
 Upon specialist advice or request 6 (0.4%)
Advice given by the cardiologist after PC+:
 Follow-up in primary care setting 1173 (76.9%)
 Follow-up in hospital care setting 352 (23.1%)