Skip to main content

Table 2 Frequency, place and documentation of treatment of spouse/life partner – stratified for unregistered and registered at the GP’s practice

From: General practitioners treating their own family members: a cross-sectional survey in Germany

How often did you provide the following types of treatment to your spouse/life partner in the past 12 months? (n = 335)
  A) Spouse/life partner not registered at the GP’s practice (n = 83), n (%) B) Spouse/life partner registered at the GP’s practice (n = 252), n (%) p-value
A vs. B
  never 1–2 times ≥3 times never 1–2 times ≥3 times  
Physical examination (n = 328) 40 (51.3) 30 (38.5) 8 (10.3) 59 (23.6) 141 (56.4) 50 (20) < 0.001
Technical diagnostics (e.g., ECG, ultrasound, spirometry) (n = 330) 68 (86.1) 9 (11.4) 2 (2.5) 137 (54.6) 102 (40.6) 12 (4.8) < 0.001
Arranging or providing laboratory tests (n = 327) 59 (77.6) 13 (17.1) 4 (5.3) 46 (18.3) 165 (65.7) 40 (15.9) < 0.001
Prescribing, recommending or dispensing medication (n = 330) 31 (39.7) 30 (38.5) 17 (21.8) 13 (5.2) 107 (42.5) 132 (52.4) < 0.001
Wound care (e.g., minor surgical interventions, removing sutures) (n = 329) 52 (66.7) 54 (30.8) 2 (2.6) 173 (68.9) 63 (25.1) 15 (6.0) 0.348
Vaccinations (n = 328) 44 (57.1) 32 (41.6) 1 (1.3) 109 (43.4) 136 (54.2) 6 (2.4) 0.103
Other injections or intravenous applications (n = 328) 74 (96.1) 2 (2.6) 1 (1.3) 195 (77.7) 37 (14.7) 19 (7.6) 0.001
Referral to a specialist or admission to hospital
(n = 328)
69 (89.6) 7 (9.1) 1 (1.3) 87 (34.7) 127 (50.6) 37 (14.7) < 0.001
Issuing medical certificates, notification of illness or reports (n = 325) 69 (90.8) 6 (7.9) 1 (1.3) 170 (68.3) 64 (25.7) 15 (6) < 0.001
Palliative care (n = 327) 77 (100) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 246 (98.4) 3 (1.2) 1 (0.4) 0.536
Did you provide the treatments of your spouse/life partner in your doctor’s office?a (n = 313)
  A) Spouse/life partner not registered at the GP’s practice B) Spouse/life partner registered at the GP’s practice p-value
A vs. B
Yes Partially No Yes Partially No p
6 (9.2) 7 (10.8) 52 (80.0) 80 (32.3) 110 (44.4) 58 (23.4) < 0.001
Did you document the treatments of your spouse/life partner?b (n = 313)
  A) Spouse/life partner not registered at the GP’s practice B) Spouse/life partner registered at the GP’s practice p-value
A vs. B
Yes Partially No Yes Partially No p
14 (21.5) 9 (13.8) 42 (64.6) 159 (64.1) 58 (23.4) 31 (12.5) < 0.001
  1. aAnalysis considered only participants who reported having a spouse/life partner
  2. bAnalysis considered only participants who reported having provided at least one treatment