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Table 5 Frequency, place and documentation of treatment of spouse’s 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 spouse’s/life partner’s parents in the past 12 months? (n = 214)
  A) Spouse’s/life partner’s parents not registered at the GP’s practice (n = 154), n (%) B) Spouse’s/life partner’s parents registered at the GP’s practice (n = 60), n (%) p-value
A vs. B
never 1–2 times 3 times never 1–2 times 3 times  
Physical examination (n = 201) 107 (75.9) 29 (20.6) 5 (3.5) 4 (6.7) 30 (50.0) 26 (43.3) < 0.001
Technical diagnostics (e.g., ECG, ultrasound, spirometry) (n = 201) 132 (93.6) 9 (6.4) 0 (0.0) 12 (20.0) 37 (61.7) 11 (18.3) < 0.001
Arranging or providing laboratory tests (n = 201) 128 (90.8) 11 (7.8) 2 (1.4) 6 (10.0) 61.7 (37) 11 (18.3) < 0.001
Prescribing, recommending or dispensing medication (n = 201) 96 (68.1) 25 (24.8) 10 (7.1) 0 (0.0) 15 (25.0) 45 (75.0) < 0.001
Wound care (e.g., minor surgical interventions, removing sutures) (n = 201) 124 (87.9) 15 (10.6) 2 (1.4) 41 (68.3) 15 (25.0) 4 (6.7) 0.003
Vaccinations (n = 201) 125 (88.7) 16 (11.3) 0 (0.0) 23 (38.3) 35 (58.3) 2 (3.3) < 0.001
Other injections or intravenous applications (n = 201) 138 (97.9) 3 (2.1) 0 (0.0) 46 (76.7) 11 (18.3) 3 (5.0) < 0.001
Referral to a specialist or admission to hospital
(n = 201)
124 (87.9) 17 (12.1) 0 (0.0) 15 (25.0) 21 (35.0) 24 (40.0) < 0.001
Issuing medical certificates, notification of illness or reports (n = 200) 136 (96.5) 5 (3.5) 0 (0.0) 37 (62.7) 19 (32.2) 3 (5.1) < 0.001
Palliative care (n = 201) 141 (100) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 58 (96.7) 2 (3.3) 0 (0.0) 0.029
Did you provide the treatments of your spouse’s/life partner’s parent/parents in your doctor’s office?a (n = 121)
  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
8 (13.1) 7 (11.5) 46 (75.5) 29 (48.3) 19 (31.7) 12 (20.0) < 0.001
Did you document the treatments of your spouse’s/life partner’s parent/parents?b (n = 120)
  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
20 (32.8) 7 (11.5) 34 (55.7) 53 (89.8) 3 (5.1) 3 (5.1) < 0.001
  1. aAnalysis considered only participants who reported having at least one spouse’s/life partner’s parent
  2. bAnalysis considered only participants who reported having provided at least one treatment.