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Table 1 Characteristics of respondents who attended zero or at least one general practice in past 12 months

From: Characteristics of patients who access zero, one or multiple general practices and reasons for their choices: a study in regional Australia

  Did not attend a GP practice in past 12 months Attended at least one general practice in past 12 months p
   Missing data (n)   Missing data (n)  
Participants (n, %) 178 (6.7)   2479 (93.3)  
  0   0  
Male (n, %) 99 (55.6)   1016 (50.4)   < 0.001
  5   7
Respondents from regional centre (n, %) 86 (48.3)   1249 (49.6)   0.420
  0   0
Respondents from small towns (n, %) 92 (51.7)   1230 (92.1)  
  0   0
Age (mean ± SD) 39.5 ± 17.3   54.7 ± 19.0   < 0.001
  4   22
Completed year 12 or higher (n, %) 108 (63.9)   1313 (57.7)   0.125
  9   205
Born in Australia (n, %) 139 (78.1)   2087 (84.5)   0.003
  0   9
Health status (excellent, n, %) 43 (24.3)   308 (12.4)   < 0.001
  1   0
Bulk billed (n, %) 0   1435 (64.7)  
  0   262
Private health insurance (n, %) 73 (41.0)   1148 (46.3)   0.022
  0   0
Frequency GP visits mean ± SD 0   6.5 ± 8.8  
  0   269
Frequency GP visits median, range 0   4.0, 0–112  
  0   269  
Number of GP visits in previous 12 months:      
• 1 (n, %)   258 (11.7)
• 2–3 (n, %)   695 (31.4)
• 4–11 (n, %)   883 (40.0)
• 12+ (n, %)   373 (16.9)
0 269  
Number different GPs (mean ± SD) 0   2.3 ± 2.6  
   0   9  
Number different GP practices (mean ± SD) 0   1.2 ± 0.4  
   0   0  
Very high satisfaction with GP (n, %) 0   1512 (61.2)  
   0   7  
Excellent level of confidence in GP (n, %) 0   1073 (48.4)  
   0   264  
Days waiting for appointment (mean ± SD) 0   4.3 ± 8.3  
   0   81  
Resides less than 5 km from GP (n, %) 115 (80.4)   1952 (83.3)   < 0.001
Resides < 5 km from GP: Regional centre (n, %) 45 (68.2) 911 (77.1) < 0.001
Resides < 5 km from GP: Smaller towns (n, %) 70 (90.9) 1041 (89.7) 0.038
  35 137  
Attended an ED in past 12 months (n, %) 17 (10.3)   493 (21.0)   0.006
   13   133  
  1. On occasion total equal > 100% due to rounding
  2. Missing data were removed from analysis