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Table 1 Comparison of nurse practitioner (NP) and general practitioner (GP) consultations

From: Differences in patient population and service provision between nurse practitioner and general practitioner consultations in Swiss primary care: a case study

  NP consultations
N = 1613
n (column %)
GP consultations
N = 26,198
n (column %)
Crude odds ratio
(95% CI)
P value crude odds ratio Adjusted odds ratio*
(95% CI)
P value adjusted odds ratio
Consultations with
 Patients aged     < 0.001**   < 0.001**
  0–17 years 92 (5.7) 2412 (9.2) 1   1  
  18–34 years 253 (15.7) 4518 (17.3) 1.47 (1.15–1.87)   1.48 (1.16–1.88)  
  35–54 years 333 (20.6) 6473 (24.7) 1.35 (1.07–1.71)   1.34 (1.06–1.70)  
  55–64 years 229 (14.2) 3837 (14.7) 1.56 (1.22–2.00)   1.53 (1.18–1.97)  
  65–84 years 394 (24.4) 6573 (25.1) 1.57 (1.25–1.98)   1.55 (1.21–2.00)  
  85+ years 312 (19.3) 2385 (9.1) 3.43 (2.70–4.36)   3.48 (2.66–4.55)  
 Male patients 829 (51.4) 13,267 (50.6) 1.03 (0.93–1.14) 0.557 1.09 (0.99–1.21) 0.075
 Multimorbid patients 816 (50.6) 11,212 (42.8) 1.37 (1.24–1.51) < 0.001 1.11 (0.96–1.28) 0.148
 Polypharmaceutical patients 569 (35.3) 7824 (29.9) 1.28 (1.15–1.42) < 0.001 0.89 (0.77–1.03) 0.114
Consultations included
 Blood pressure / pulse measurement(s) 518 (32.1) 3495 (13.3) 3.07 (2.75–3.43) < 0.001 3.05 (2.72–3.42) < 0.001
 Weight / height / BMI measurement(s) 112 (6.9) 1486 (5.7) 1.24 (1.02–1.51) 0.034 1.33 (1.09–1.63) 0.005
 Laboratory testing 490 (30.4) 7325 (28.0) 1.12 (1.01–1.25) 0.036 1.16 (1.04–1.30) 0.008
 Prescription / change of medications 210 (13.0) 7724 (29.5) 0.36 (0.31–0.41) < 0.001 0.35 (0.30–0.41) < 0.001
  1. * adjusted for age, sex, multimorbidity and polypharmacy; ** global p-value (calculated using likelihood ratio test); “/” = and/or