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Table 7 Most common reasons for attending multiple General Practices according to age, location of residence, sex and satisfaction with GP services. Cells for which less than 10 responses were recorded have been omitted from this table

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

  Participants < 65 Participants 65+ Smaller towns Regional centre Males Females Very satisfied Less satisfied
1 (most common) Availability of appointments (100) Specific services (16) Availability of appointments (43) Availability of appointments (68) Availability of appointments (40) Availability of appointments (70) Availability of appointments (45) Availability of appointments (66)
2 Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (48) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (14) Patient moved/was travelling (22) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (41) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (19) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (43) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (30) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (32)
3 Convenience (32) Availability of appointments (11) Preferred GP plus subsequent clinic (21) Dr works across multiple sites (29) Convenience (17) Specific services (28) Dr works across multiple sites (25) Specific services (19)
4 Cost (27) Dr works across multiple sites (12) Convenience (20) Specific services (26) Specific services (15) Convenience (24) Specific services (24) Convenience (19)
5 Specific services (26)   Specific services (17) Cost (21) Patient moved/was travelling (14) Dr works across multiple sites (21) Convenience (22) Cost (19)
6 Dr works across multiple sites (21)   Cost (11) Convenience (21) Dr works across multiple sites (13) Cost (20) Opening hours (16) Patient moved/was travelling (16)
7 Opening hours (20)    Opening hours (20) Cost (12) Patient moved/was travelling (17) Patient moved/was travelling (15)  
8 Patient moved/was travelling (70)      Opening hours (17) Cost (13)