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Table 2 Rating the importance of measures to reduce the number of hospital transfers – comparison between general practitioners (GPs) and nursing home staff (NHs)

From: Perspectives of general practitioners and nursing staff on acute hospital transfers of nursing home residents in Germany: results of two cross-sectional studies

Measurenone/ minor (0–1)moderate (2)major/ high (3–4)p-value
More nursing staffGPs (n = 370)*2.4%6.0%91.6%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 476)*22.3%16.8%60.9%
Better communication between nursing staff and general practitionerGPs (n = 373)*3.0%6.2%90.9%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 479)*15.5%20.7%63.9%
Qualification activities for nursing staffGPs (n = 372)*1.6%8.9%89.5%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 481)*19.8%20.2%60.1%
Better communication between nursing staffGPs (n = 369)*7.1%13.0%80.0%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 468)*40.1%23.9%35.7%
Explicit advance directivesGPs (n = 372)*11.3%11.6%77.2%0.1492
NHs (n = 482)*11.4%16.2%72.4%
Better general practitioner’s care/availabilityGPs (n = 372)*11.6%25.5%62.9%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 483)*7.5%9.7%82.8%
Better availability of (medical) resources in the nursing homeGPs (n = 371)*21.0%23.7%55.3%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 481)*36.2%19.5%44.3%
Better medical specialist’s care/availabilityGPs (n = 372)*40.9%23.4%35.8%< 0.0001
NHs (n = 477)*9.2%9.4%81.3%
  1. *numbers differ because of missing values