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Table 1 Respondent characteristics

From: Primary care physician referral patterns in Ontario, Canada: a descriptive analysis of self-reported referral data

PCP (N = 30) Characteristics  
 Gender
  Female, n (%) 19 (63.3)
  Male, n (%) 11 (36.7)
 Medical Training University Location
  Canada, n (%) 27 (90)
  Outside Canada, n (%) 3 (10)
 Years Since Graduation  
   Mean (SD) 24.8 (11.3)
 # of Referrals per PCP per Month
   Median (IQR) 26 (11.5–31.8)
Clinic (N = 20) Characteristics
  Location (N = 20)
  Rural, n (%) 1 (5)
  Semi-Urban, n (%) 5 (25)
  Urban, n (%) 14 (70)
 Primary Setting (N = 17)
  Primary Solo Practice, n (%) 0
  Physician Group Practice, n (%) 13 (76.5)
  Community Clinic/Community Health Centre, n (%) 1 (5.9)
  Walk-In Care Centre/Clinic, n (%) 0
  Clinic Affiliated with Hospital/Ambulatory Care Unit, n (%) 0
  University Clinic or Teaching Unit, n (%) 3 (17.6)
  Other, n (%) 0
 Years in Operation (N = 17)
  Less than 1 Year, n (%) 0
  1 to 4 Years, n (%) 2 (11.8)
  5 to 9 Years, n (%) 3 (17.6)
  More than 10 Years, n (%) 12 (70.6)
 # of Primary Care Providers per Clinic (N = 17)
   Mean (SD) 6.4 (6.0)
 On-Site Specialists Services (N = 17)
  Yes, n (%) 5 (29.4)
  No, n (%) 12 (70.6)
 EMR Use (N = 17)
  Yes 17 (100)
  Electronic ordering of tests, n (%) 17 (100)
  Electronic prescribing of medication, n (%) 17 (100)
  Electronic referrals directly to specialists, n (%) 13 (76.5)
  Viewing electronic reports of patients test results ordered by you or your practice, n (%) 16 (94.1)
  Viewing electronic reports of patients test results ordered by another provider outside your practice, n(%) 15 (88.2)
  Viewing electronic reports of patients hospital records, n (%) 15 (88.2)
  Viewing electronic reports of patient imaging results, n (%) 14 (82.4)
  Other, n (%) 1 (5.9)
  No, but Planning to Adopt within a Year, n (%) 0
  No, n (%) 0
 Referral Method (N = 17)
  Electronic, n (%) 6 (35.3)
  Paper, n (%) 3 (17.6)
  Both, n (%) 7 (41.2)
  Other, n (%) 1 (5.9)
 Designated Staff for Scheduling Referrals (N = 17)
  Yes, n (%) 17 (100)
  No, n (%) 0
 Designated Staff for Liaising with Specialist Office to Follow-Up on Patient Visits (N = 17)
  Yes, n (%) 14 (82.4)
  No, n (%) 3 (17.6)
 Designated Staff for Tracking Referrals (N = 17)
  Yes, n (%) 16 (94.1)
  No, n (%) 1 (5.9)