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Table 1 Consultation type and proportion of patients and GPs in favour of nurse substitution

From: Could the patient have been seen by a nurse; a questionnaire based survey of GP and patient views in Danish general practice

   Consultations GP states “YES” Patient states “YES” P-value
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Patient characteristics
Gender Female 1,319 (62.4) 179 (13.6) 137 (10.4) 0.010
  Male 795 (37.6) 121 (15.2) 109 (13.7) 0.392
  No inf. 1 (0.05)    
Age (years) 18-40 482 (22.8) 48 (10.0) 96 (19.9) <0.001
  41-50 370 (17.5) 33 (8.9) 36 (9.7) 0.704
  51-60 389 (18.4) 45 (11.6) 30 (7.7) 0.068
  61-70 467 (22.1) 95 (20.3) 51 (10.9) <0.001
  >70 406 (19.2) 78 (19.2) 32 (7.9) <0.001
  No inf. 1 (0.1)    
Number of chronic conditions 0 860 (40.7) 95 (11.1) 115 (13.3) 0.141
  1 692 (32.7) 118 (17.1) 77 (11.1) 0.002
  > 2 563 (26.6) 87 (15.5) 54 (9.6) 0.003
Type of contact New episode 1,031 (48.7) 94 (9.1) 125 (12.1) 0.027
  Follow-up 967 (45.8) 189 (19.5) 107 (11.1) <0.001
  No inf. 117 (5.5)    
Patient-assessed importance of seeing the personal GP* Very important 1,230 (60.0) 159 (12.9) 77 (6.2) <0.001
Not very important 642 (35.0) 111 (16.6) 131 (20.5) 0.154
No inf. 107 (5.0)    
GP characteristics      
Gender Female 1,207 (57.1) 104 (11.5) 105 (11.6) 0.941
  Male 906 (42.8) 195 (16.2) 140 (11.6) 0.001
  No inf. 2 (0.1)    
Seniority (years in practice) <6 440 (20.8) 69 (15.6) 68 (15.5) 0.926
  6-10 281 (13.3) 34 (12.1) 23 (8.2) 0.124
  11-20 701 (33.1) 99 (14.1) 86 (12.3) 0.305
  >20 693 (32.8) 98 (14.1) 69 (10.0) 0.170
Type of practice Single-handed 555 (26,2) 86 (15.5) 75 (13.5) 0.348
  Group 1,476 (69.8) 200 (13.5) 164 (11.1) 0.044
  No inf. 84 (4.0)    
All consultations   2,115 (100) 300 (14.8) 246 (11.7) 0.013
  1. *1872 patients who consulted their personal GP.