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Table 1 Contact type, characteristics of participants, GP- and parent-assessed of severity, duration of symptoms, parental satisfaction, and prescription rates in preschool children seen by a GP in a face-to-face consultation at the out-of-hours service

From: Preschool children in Danish out-of-hours primary care: a one-year descriptive study of face-to-face consultations

Variables   Number (%) Prescription rates (all medicine) % Spearman’s rho P-value
Contact type Clinic consultations 1875 (79.3) 29.9   
Home visits 488 (20.7) 16.2 0.125 < 0.001
Gender Female 1073 (45.4) 26.7   
Male 1290 (54.6) 27.3 0.006 0.77
Age (years) <  1 year 642 (27.2) 20.2   
1 year 627 (26.5) 30.5   
2 years 376 (15.9) 31.6   
3 years 282 (11.9) 24.1   
4 years 235 (9.9) 34.0   
5 years 201 (8.5) 25.4 −0.062 0.003
GP-assessed
Temperature No fever 1466 (62.0) 25.7   
  Unknown 6 (0.3)
  Fever 891 (37.7) 29.2 0.038 0.064
Severity Not sick 357 (15.1) 1.9   
Not serious and unclear 1241 (52.5 27.3   
Maybe serious 716 (30.3) 35.3   
Clearly serious 49 (2.1) 4.1 0.136 < 0.001
Severity dichotomized Not serious 1598 (67.6) 24.0  
Possible/clearly serious 765 (32.4) 33.3 0.098 < 0.001
Parental assessment
Duration of symptoms Under 5 h 341 (27.9) 17.3   
(n = 1223) 5 to 12 h 238 (19.5) 34.0   
More than 12 to 24 h 199 (16.3) 37.7   
More than 24 h 429 (35.1) 30.5   
Unknown 16 (1.3) 31.3 0.094 < 0.001
Severity (n = 1220) Serious, possible life- threatening 59 (4.8) 18.6   
Serious, but not life- threatening 663 (54.3) 29.7   
Not serious or relevant 498 (40.8) 28.3 −.007 0.81
Severity Dichotomized (n = 1220) Serious 722 (59.1) 28.8  
Not serious or relevant 498 (40.8) 28.3 0.005 0.85
Satisfaction (n = 1221) Very satisfied 540 (44.2) 33.0   
Satisfied 463 (37.9) 27.2   
Neutral 131 (10.7) 24.4   
Dissatisfied 57 (4.7) 15.8   
Very dissatisfied 28 (2.3) 14.3   
Don’t know 2 (0.2) 0 0.085 0.003