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Table 2 Correlation between practice location and referral behavior of GPs treating patients with suspected fractures

From: Ultrasonography in assessing suspected bone fractures: a cross-sectional survey amongst German general practitioners

 Major citiesSmall townsRural areasp-value
Number of practices (n = 278)77 (27.7%)117 (42.1%)84 (30.2%)
“If a bone fracture seems likely, where will you refer to?”
Referral to
 - Outpatient surgery60.5%
n = 46/76
66.1%
n = 76/115
65.5%
n = 55/840
p = 0.711
 - Radiologic department51.3%
n = 39/76
22.6%
n = 26/115
26.2%
n = 22/84
p < 0.001
 - Emergency department15.8%
n = 12/76
27.0%
n = 31/115
21.4%
n = 18/84
p = 0.188