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Table 3 Associations between GP characteristics and correct symptom and sign identification (n = 66)

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

GP characteristics Identified all symptoms and distractors correctly p-value# Identified all signs and distractors correctly p-value*
No (n = 43) Yes (n = 23) No (n = 66) Yes (n = 0)
Hours worked at GP, mean ± standard deviation 30.7 ± 10.8 34.2 ± 8.3 0.18 31.9 ± 10.0 - -
Age groups (years old), n (%)    0.64    -
-  ≤ 45 25 (58.1) 12 (52.2)   37 (56.1) 0  
-  > 45 18 (41.9) 11 (47.8)   29 (43.9) 0  
Location of GP practice, n (%)    0.25    -
- Regional 8 (19.1) 7 (31.8)   15 (23.4) 0  
- Metropolitan 34 (81.0) 15 (68.2)   49 (76.6) 0  
Concussion diagnoses made/year, n (%)    0.31    -
-  < 5 28 (65.1) 12 (52.2)   40 (60.6) 0  
-  ≥ 5 15 (34.9) 11 (47.8)   26 (39.4) 0  
Work outside sessional load, n (%)    0.78    -
- No 30 (69.8) 15 (65.2)   45 (68.2) 0  
- Yes 13 (30.2) 8 (34.8)   21 (31.8) 0  
Ever heard of guidelines, n (%)    0.039    -
- No 16 (37.2) 3 (13.0)   19 (28.8) 0  
- Yes 27 (62.8) 20 (87.0)   47 (71.2) 0  
Have a protocol for coding, n (%)    0.75    -
- No 29 (69.1) 15 (65.2)   44 (67.7) 0  
- Yes 13 (31.0) 8 (34.8)   21 (32.3) 0  
  1. # Difference in mean hours worked between GPs who answered all symptoms and distractors correctly was assessed using independent-samples t-test. Associations between categorical demographic variables and answering all symptoms and distractors correctly were assessed using Chi-squared tests
  2. *Test of association could not be performed due to lack of GPs answering all the signs and distractors of concussion correctly