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Table 3 Assessment of urgency by patients and doctors and differences between the two

From: Do general practice patients with and without appointment differ? Cross-sectional study

Rating (Code) Patients without appointment
(n = 251)
Patients with appointment
(n = 250)
p-value
Patient’s view
 Very urgent 24 (10%) 15 (8%)  
 Urgent 100 (41%) 66 (36%)  
 Somewhat urgent 81 (3%) 79 (43%) 0.46
 Not urgent 35 (14%) 23 (12%)  
 Not urgent at all 5 (2%) 1 (1%)  
 Missing 7 66  
Physician‘s view
 Very urgent 15 (6%) 8 (3%)  
 Urgent 56 (22%) 33 (13%)  
 Somewhat urgent 84 (34%) 60 (24%) < 0.001
 Not urgent 57 (23%) 91 (37%)  
 Not urgent at all 37 (15%) 57 (23%)  
 Missing 2 1  
Difference physician – patient
 Patient very much more urgent (−4) 3 (1%) 1 (< 1%)  
 Patient much more urgent (−3) 15 (6%) 16 (8%)  
 Patient more urgent (−2) 33 (14%) 43 (23%)  
 Patient slightly more urgent (−1) 72 (30%) 53 (29%) 0.007
 Full agreement (0) 76 (31%) 49 (29%)  
 Physician slightly more urgent (1) 36 (15%) 17 (9%)  
 Physician more urgent (2) 8 (3%) 5 (3%)  
 Physician much more urgent (3)  
 Physician very much more urgent (4)  
 Missing 8 66  
  1. Values are absolute frequencies (percentages). P-values from Mann-Whitney U-test*