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Table 4 Frequency, place and documentation of treatment of parents – 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 parents in the past 12 months? (n = 262)
  A) Parent/parents not registered at the GP’s practice (n = 149), n (%) B) Parent/parents registered at the GP’s practice (n = 113), n (%) p-value
A vs. B
never 1–2 times 3 times never 1–2 times 3 times  
Physical examination (n = 251) 80 (57.6) 44 (31.7) 15 (10.8) 10 (8.9) 52 (46.4) 50 (44.6) < 0.001
Technical diagnostics (e.g., ECG, ultrasound, spirometry) (n = 251) 128 (92.1) 11 (7.9) 0 (0.0) 35 (31.3) 57 (50.9) 20 (17.9) < 0.001
Arranging or providing laboratory tests (n = 252) 122 (87.8) 13 (9.4) 4 (2.9) 11 (9.7) 57 (50.9) 20 (17.9) < 0.001
Prescribing, recommending or dispensing medication (n = 252) 59 (42.4) 53 (38.1) 27 (19.4) 2 (1.8) 26 (23.0) 85 (75.2) < 0.001
Wound care (e.g., minor surgical interventions, removing sutures) (n = 252) 112 (80.6) 21 (15.1) 6 (4.3) 59 (52.2) 35 (31.0) 19 (16.8) < 0.001
Vaccinations (n = 252) 120 (86.3) 18 (12.9) 1 (0.7) 46 (40.7) 65 (57.5) 2 (1.8) < 0.001
Other injections or intravenous applications (n = 249) 132 (95.7) 4 (2.9) 2 (1.4) 77 (69.4) 22 (19.8) 12 (10.8) < 0.001
Referral to a specialist or admission to hospital
(n = 252)
111 (79.9) 21 (15.1) 7 (5.0) 23 (20.4) 45 (39.8) 45 (39.8) < 0.001
Issuing medical certificates, notification of illness or reports (n = 252) 133 (95.7) 5 (3.6) 1 (0.7) 80 (70.8) 27 (23.9) 6 (5.3) < 0.001
Palliative care (n = 251) 138 (99.3) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 107 (95.5) 1 (0.9) 4 (3.6) 0.145
Did you provide the treatments of your parent/parents in your doctor’s office?a (n = 205)
  A) Parent/parents not registered at the GP’s practice B) Parent/parents registered at the GP’s practice p-value
A vs. B
Yes Partially No Yes Partially No p
6 (6.5) 9 (9.8) 77 (83.7) 44 (38.9) 42 (37.2) 27 (23.9) < 0.001
Did you document the treatments of your parent/parents?b (n = 203)
  A) Parent/parents not registered at the GP’s practice B) Parent/parents registered at the GP’s practice p-value
A vs. B
Yes Partially No Yes Partially No p
23 (25.3) 8 (8.8) 60 (65.9) 84 (75.0) 24 (21.4) 4 (3.6) < 0.001
  1. aAnalysis considered only participants who reporting having at least one parent
  2. bAnalysis considered only participants who reported having provided at least one treatment