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Table 1 Demographic, usual practice and knowledge of the GP, by location of practice (n = 64a)

From: A cross-sectional study reporting concussion exposure, assessment and management in Western Australian general practice

  Regional area (n = 15) Metropolitan area (n = 49) p-value#
Hours worked at GP, mean ± standard deviation 28.9 ± 12.9 32.7 ± 9.1 0.21
Age groups (years old), n (%)    0.48
-  ≤ 45 7 (46.7) 28 (57.1)  
-  > 45 8 (53.3) 21 (42.9)  
Work outside sessional load, n (%)    0.99^
- No 10 (66.7) 34 (69.4)  
- Yes 5 (33.3) 15 (30.6)  
Concussion diagnoses made/year, n (%)    0.15
-  < 5 7 (46.7) 33 (67.4)  
-  ≥ 5 8 (53.3) 16 (32.7)  
Frequency of concussion as a secondary diagnosis, n (%)    0.32^
- Never/Rarely 10 (66.7) 39 (79.6)  
- About half the time/Frequently 5 (33.3) 8 (20.4)  
Would refer to specialist, n (%)    0.57
- No 8 (53.3) 22 (44.9)  
- Yes 7 (46.7) 27 (55.1)  
Would refer for diagnostic imaging, n (%)    0.10
- No 11 (73.3) 23 (48.9)  
- Yes 4 (26.7) 24 (51.1)  
Identified all symptoms and distractors correctly, n (%)    0.25
- No 8 (53.3) 34 (69.4)  
- Yes 7 (46.7) 15 (30.6)  
Identified all signs and distractors correctly, n (%)    -
- No 15 (100.0) 49 (100.0)  
- Yes 0 0  
Confident in making a diagnosis of concussion, n (%)    0.99^
- No 3 (20.0) 9 (18.4)  
- Yes 12 (80.0) 40 (81.6)  
Confident in managing a diagnosis of concussion, n (%)    0.70
- No 5 (33.3) 19 (38.8)  
- Yes 10 (66.7) 30 (61.2)  
Understanding of prolonged recovery in concussed adults    0.99^
-  > 5 days 9 (60.0) 28 (57.1)  
-  > 14 days 6 (40.0) 19 (38.8)  
-  > 28 days 0 2 (4.1)  
Understanding of prolonged recovery in concussed children/adolescents    0.55^
-  > 5 days 11 (73.3) 41 (83.7)  
-  > 14 days 2 (13.3) 5 (10.2)  
-  > 28 days 2 (13.3) 3 (6.1)  
Ever heard of guidelines, n (%)    0.35^
- No 6 (40.0) 13 (26.5)  
- Yes 9 (60.0) 36 (73.5)  
Have a protocol for coding, n (%)    0.99
- No 10 (66.7) 32 (66.7)  
- Yes 5 (33.3) 16 (33.3)  
  1. aTwo participants did not report their practice location
  2. # Difference in mean hours worked between GP who worked in regional or metropolitan area was assessed using independent-samples t-test. Associations between categorical demographic variables and regional or metropolitan area were assessed using Chi-squared tests (or Fisher’s exact tests^ due to low number of expected frequencies)