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Table 2 Characteristics of respondents who attended one or multiple general practices 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

  Attended one GP practice in past 12 months Attended multiple GP practices in past 12 months p (1 practice vs > 1 practice)
   Missing data (n)   Missing data (n)  
Participants (n, %) 2096 (78.9)   383 (14.4)  
  0   0  
Male (n, %) 882 (42.1)   134 (35.0)   0.009
  7   0  
Respondents from regional centre (n, %) 994 (47.4)   255 (66.6)   0.001 (regional centre vs small town)
  0   0
Respondents from small towns (n, %) 1102 (52.6)   128 (33.4)  
  0   0
Age (mean ± SD) 56.2 ± 18.7   46.7 ± 18.2   < 0.001
  18   4  
Completed year 12 or higher (n, %) 1077 (56.1)   236 (66.9)   < 0.001
  175   30  
Born in Australia (n, %) 1766 (84.6)   321 (83.8)   0.701
  9   0  
Health status (excellent, n, %) 912 (49.8)   161 (42.0)   0.006
  0   0  
Bulk billed (n, %) 1163 (63.3)   272 (71.4)   0.003
  260   2  
Private health insurance (n, %) 994 (42.3)   154 (40.2)   0.468
  0   0  
Frequency GP visits mean ± SD 6.3 ± 8.6   7.7 ± 9.5   0.007
  267   2  
Frequency GP visits median, range 4.0, 1–112   5.0, 0–99  
  267   0  
Number of GP visits in previous 12 months:      
• 1 (n, %) 246 (13.4)   12 (3.1)   < 0.001
• 2–3 (n, %) 576 (31.5) 119 (31.2) 0.952
• 4–11 (n, %) 715 (39.1) 168 (44.1) 0.075
• 12+ (n, %) 292 (16.0) 81 (21.3) 0.016
267 2  
Number different GPs (mean ± SD) 2.2 ± 2.8   2.3 ± 1.1   0.243
  7   2  
Number different GP practices (mean ± SD) 1.0 ± 0.0   2.1 ± 0.3   < 0.001
  0   0  
Very high satisfaction with GP (n, %) 1315 (62.9)   197 (51.7)   < 0.001
  5   2  
Excellent level of confidence in GP (n, %) 912 (49.8)   161 (42.0)   0.006
  264   0  
Days waiting for appointment (mean ± SD) 4.3 ± 8.4   4.5 ± 8.2   0.698
  71   10  
Resides less than 5 km from GP (n, %) 1696 (86.0)   256 (69.2)   < 0.001
Resides < 5 km from GP: Regional centre (n, %) 746 (79.7) 165 (67.1) < 0.001
Resides < 5 km from GP: Smaller towns (n, %) 950 (91.7) 91 (73.4) < 0.001
124 13  
Attended an ED in past 12 months (n, %) 387 (19.6)   106 (28.6)   < 0.001
  120   13  
  1. Missing data were removed from analysis